10 dead and counting: Istanbul International Airport bomb attack


ISTANBUL – Ten people are dead so far, and this may only be the beginning after at least two explosions and gunfire have rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk International airport in Turkey. The Turkish justice minister is talking about a double suicide bombing at Ataturk Airport.

Turkish official says 2 attackers blew themselves up after police fired at them.

Earlier reports talk about 40 people injured.

Gunfire was directed from an airport car park, according to a witness quoted by Reuters news agency.

Taxis were ferrying wounded people from the airport, the witness added.

Turkish airport official says some flights are being diverted.

In December, a blast on the tarmac at a different Istanbul airport, Sabiha Gokcen, killed a cleaner.

Recent bomb attacks in Turkey have been linked to Kurdish separatists or the Islamic State group.

A US State Department travel warning for Turkey, originally published in March and updated on Monday, urges US citizens to “exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.”