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10 Dead As Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport

Two suicide bombers open Fire before detonating their explosives at Turkey's biggest Airport.

At least 10 people have been killed and many more were wounded in suicide bombings at the main airport in Istanbul, Turkey's justice minister has said.
Two attackers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, an official said, citing information from the interior ministry.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency put around 60 people were wounded, six of them seriously.

Police fired shots to try to stop the attackers but they detonated their explosives, the officials said.

A witness told NBC News that he saw a police officer diving to tackle one of the attackers who then detonated his bomb.

Speaking in parliament, justice minister Bekir Bozdag said 10 people were killed and around 20 wounded according to a preliminary toll.

He said based on initial information he had he could only confirm one attacker.

"According to information I have received, at the entrance to the Ataturk Airport international terminal a terrorist first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew themself up," Mr Bozdag said.

The explosions are understood to have happened at the arrivals hall before the attackers would have gone through security checks, officials said.

Pictures posted on social media showed wounded people lying on the ground inside and outside the terminal buildings.

Other social media footage showed crowds of people stuck inside shops at the airport.

Taxis were ferrying the wounded from the hospital and witness Ercan Ceyhan told CNN Turk he saw around 30 ambulances rush to the scene.

Flights to the airport have been diverted.

In recent months Turkey has suffered several attacks linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.

The attacks include two bombings in Istanbul targeting tourists. Authorities blamed IS for the blasts.

Sky News.

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10 Dead As Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport


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