Suicide bombers target Istanbul airport, killing at least 28

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A Turkish official says two attackers have blown themselves up at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport after police fire at them.

Turkish media quoted Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying 10 people were killed in the attack on Tuesday.

Turkey’s state-run news agency quoted Bekir Bozdag as saying: “According to the information I was given, a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up. We have around 10 martyrs (dead) and around 20 wounded.”

The official said the attackers detonated the explosives at the entrance of the international terminal before entering the x-ray security check.

Turkish airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.


Update – Suicide bombers kill at least 10 and wound 40 when they blow themselves up as police shot at them in Brussels-style attack on Istanbul airport

Suicide bombers have killed at least 10 and wounded 40 at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport after blowing themselves up as police opened fire, according to Turkish officials.

It is understood that a ‘terrorist’ first opened fire with a Kalashnikov, before blowing himself up.

It is not yet clear how many attackers were involved as witnesses reported twin blasts that struck at the International Arrivals Terminal at 7.50pm GMT – 9.50pm local time.

The first photographs to emerge from the airport show a scene of devastation, with debris and what appear to be ceiling tiles scattered over the taxi ranks outside the airport.

Istanbul terror attack

  • vimy

    Well I hope the only casualties were (of the faith)

  • Dana Garcia

    I’m surprised that Erdogan has allowed the big Istanbul airport to still be named “Ataturk.”

  • tom_billesley

    We have around 10 martyrs (dead)…..
    The authorities use the same language as the jihadis.

    • Yusuf_al_Kafir

      Which is just one of the many reasons why I couldn’t care less what happens to them.

  • tom_billesley

    Latest reports (BBC, RT, Telegraph) 28 dead and 60 injured

  • Pavelina

    Since Turkey is helping the ISIS in several ways, it probably wasn’t them. Could it be the Kurds who are responsible?

    • I’d say it was ISIS or some other Islamist group.

      Like sharks, they eat each other.

  • Yusuf_al_Kafir

    As they say in that part of the world…..


    • Will Quest

      Inch’allah ……

  • Spatchcocked

    Oh oh…. Things are heating up for Erdogan….looks like maybe just maybe the citoyen and the military might be getting tired of his adventurism….
    Gee….I say send in that horse that kicked him in the goodies.

  • V10_Rob

    Wait, that gun in the photo… It’s scary looking, and blackish…

    AHA! An AR-15! There’s now an indisputable link to Orlando!