At least 28 people have been killed, and a further 60 wounded, after three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, in Turkey.
At least 28 people have been killed and 60 injured in an attack by three suicide bombers on Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport, according to senior officials.
Vasip Sahin, the governor of Istanbul province told the NTV news channel that 28 people had died, and said that authorities believe three suicide bombers were involved, because there were three separate explosions.
Another Turkish official told the Guardian that the suspects blew themselves up outside the security checkpoint at the entry to the international terminal, after police opened fire on them.
A spokesperson for the Istanbul police said that “a bomb exploded at the airport and there are many casualties”, adding that the exact number is not yet known.
Justice minister Bekir Bozdag told parliament in Ankara that there were reports of a separate blast at the entrance to the airport station, but offered no further details.
“I harshly condemn those who executed this terrorist attack, and those who gave the orders for it,” he said. He added that he had information concerning the terrorist group responsible for the attack, but that he would not share it until it was confirmed.
The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that 60 people were wounded in the attack, six of them seriously.