BREAKING: Explosions and gunfire reported at Ataturk International Airport; 31 dead; ISIS suspected.4:51 pm - 06/28/2016
At least 10 people have died at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, where an explosion followed an outburst of gunfire Tuesday night, according to Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag. Police and emergency personnel have flocked to the airport. Some 20 people were reportedly injured.
Crucial details about the attack are still emerging. We'll update this post with news from Istanbul as it emerges.
"The minister said a terrorist opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle at the international terminal before detonating a suicide bomb," reports the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Video from the scene shows more than a dozen ambulances responding to the scene. In one sequence, a police officer was seen walking out of the airport, his shirt stained with blood.
A live online broadcast from the Dogan News Agency also showed ambulances, private vehicles, and a taxi cab rushing up to the doors of a hospital, unloading bloodied patients who were then quickly taken inside.
One video that was briefly posted to Twitter before being removed showed a scene of panic inside the airport, as a man who apparently works at the facility urged travelers to flee down a hallway.
The violence comes after a string of attacks have hit Turkey — including two deadly attacks in March that targeted Ankara and Istanbul, as well as another attack near military buildings in Istanbul in February.
( UPDATE: Death toll now 28, 60 injured.Collapse )
( UPDATE #2: Death toll rises to nearly 50; initial indications suggest ISIS behind attacks; number of assailants now thought to be as many as four.Collapse )
( UPDATE #3: Death toll corrected to 31, expected to rise.Collapse )
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