Rocket attack on Turkish airport sends passengers scrambling for shelter

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ISTANBUL, Turkey – Suspected Kurdish militants fired rockets at the airport in Turkey’s main southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Saturday, sending passengers and staff scrambling for shelter, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.


Four rockets were fired at a police checkpoint outside the VIP lounge, and passengers and staff were taken inside the terminal building for safety, the private Dogan news agency said. The attack happened not long before midnight on Saturday.

Broadcaster NTV said the rockets landed on wasteland nearby. There were no casualties and no disruption to flights, Diyarbakir governor Huseyin Aksoy told the news channel.

Diyarbakir is the main city in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast, where Kurdish militants have waged a three-decade insurgency.

Diyarbakir airport largely handles domestic flights and is served by carriers including Turkish Airlines.