UPDATE: At least 28 Dead, 60 Wounded – 3 Suicide Bombers
1715 hrs. est/us.
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BREAKING: At least 10 people were killed and dozens of others injured when two suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s main international airport Tuesday night.
Turkey’s justice minister confirmed the death toll from the blasts outside Ataturk Airport’s international terminal.
A Turkish official told The Washington Post that the two bombers blew themselves up at the terminal entrance after police shot at them. Another official told Reuters that the bombers detonated their explosives prior to passing through a X-ray security checkpoint.
Police sealed the terminal’s entrances and exits and flights were prevented from taking off or landing.
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A witness told CNN Turk that that taxis were ferrying the wounded away from the area.
Ataturk Airport is the largest in Turkey and the third busiest in Europe behind London’s Heathrow Airport and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle. More than 60 million passengers went through the hub in 2015.
Turkey has been the target of recent terror attacks by ISIS extremists. as well as Kurdish nationalist groups. Earlier this month, a car bomb targeted a bus carrying riot police, killing 11 people and injuring 36 others.