At least 28 people were killed, while 60 sustained injuries during an attack by three suicide bombers at the main international airport in Istanbul, Turkish capital.
The attackers were said to have opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance of the airport.
Police fired shots to try to stop two of the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall at Ataturk airport, Europe’s third-busiest, but they blew themselves up, a second Turkish official said.
“There was a huge explosion, extremely loud. The roof came down. Inside the airport it is terrible, you can’t recognize it, the damage is big,” said Ali Tekin, who was at the arrivals hall waiting for a guest when the attack took place.
A German woman named Duygu, who was at passport control entering Turkey, said she threw herself onto the floor with the sound of the explosion. Several witnesses also reported hearing gunfire shortly before the attacks.
“Everyone started running away. Everywhere was covered with blood and body parts. I saw bullet holes on the doors,” she said outside the airport.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of suicide bombings this year, but the Dogan news agency said initial indications suggested Islamic State may have been responsible, citing police sources.
A Turkish official said it was too soon to assign blame.
The attack bore some similarities to a suicide bombing by Islamic State militants at Brussels airport in March which killed 16 people. A coordinated attack also targeted a rush-hour metro train, killing a further 16 people in the Belgian capital.
The attack at Ataturk airport will again raise questions about security in Turkey and the state’s ability to protect its citizens.
In December, a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for a mortar attack at Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gokcen, that killed a female cleaner and wounded one other person.
The explosions at Turkey’s biggest international airport will strike yet another blow to the ailing tourism industry, which was already suffering from a fall in western tourists deterred by fears of terrorism.
Credit :The Cable
Originally posted 2016-06-29 12:29:08.