The main airport for the capital, the Turkish Interior Ministry have confirmed that a twin blast was heard at the international hub.
Multiple casualties have been reported.
Gunfire has also reportedly been heard from the scene, with witnesses claiming it came from the carpark area.
Taxis are said to have been ferrying the injured away from the scene to get medical help.
BREAKING NEWS: Two explosions and gunfire at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport cause multiple injuries
- Two hand grenades reported to have exploded at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport
- Gunfire also reported to have broken out from the direction of its car park
- Witnesses say four men were seen running away from terminal building
- Initial reports claim around 40 people have been injured in the explosions
- CNN Turk reports that Turkish officials suspect it is a suicide bomb attack
At least 10 people killed and 40 wounded after suicide bombers attack Turkish airport
Turkish Justice minister: Attacker used rifle
The Turkish Justice minister has said that the attacker who blew a bomb up in Istanbul’s biggest airport opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle.
Attackers tried to pass through X-ray machine
Josie Ensor and Zia Weise in Istanbul report:
Turkey’s main international airport was hit by twins suicide bombs on Tuesday night, leaving 10 dead and as many as 40 injured.
Early reports indicate that two attackers detonated vests in the arrival hall of the busy airport at 10pm.
The pair had been trying to pass through the X-ray machine when they were stopped by security officials. When they began shooting with Kalashnikov rifles, the officers returned fire.
Gunfire was also reported by witnesses coming from the airport’s car park after four armed men were reportedly seen running away from the terminal building seconds after the explosions.
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28 Dead As Explosions Hit Istanbul Airport
At least 28 people have been killed and 60 wounded in explosions at the main airport in Istanbul, the city’s govenor has said.
Vasip Sahin also said three suicide bombers carried out the attack at Ataturk Airport’s international terminal.
The attackers opened fire before blowing themselves up, an official said, citing information from the interior ministry.
Police fired shots to try to stop the attackers but they detonated their explosives, the official said.