28 killed in suicide bombing at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport

June 28, 2016  

At least 28 people were killed and at least 60 more wounded in a terrorist attack at Ataturk Airport, located just outside of Istanbul in Turkey, on Tuesday evening.

The Foreign Ministry in Israel said that it is examining whether there were Israeli casualties in the attack, but at this stage there is no indication that any Israelis were injured. Israeli passengers who were stranded at the airport following the attack were taken to nearby hotels until flights are renewed on Wednesday.

The Foreign Ministry has opened an emergency hotline at +972-2-5303155.

Turkish officials have confirmed that two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in the attack.

Turkey’s Justice Minister initially told reporters that at least 10 people were killed in the attack, but senior Israeli officials in Turkey told Arutz Sheva the death toll is at least as high as 15.

The attack took place in the international departures area, according to CNN.

Gunfire also heard at the site was from Turkish security forces attempting to stop the bombers, officials added.

In the confusion, some witnesses had told Reuters they saw gunmen open fire from an airport car park.

As with previous attacks, the Turkish government has placed a media blackout on Turkish outlets reporting the attack.

Footage has emerged apparently showing terrified commuters taking cover at the airport in the aftermath of the bombings.

Turkey has in recent months been targeted with deadly attacks by terrorists from the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group – including suicide bombings – as well as smaller-scale attacks by left-wing extremists.

The country has also been rocked by an ongoing insurgency with Kurdish separatists.

It is not yet known who is behind the latest attack.

Updates to follow.

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