Dozens dead in suicide attack at Istanbul airport

Jun 28, 2016, 6:04 PM EDT
(Source: Maarten Visser/flickr)
(Source: Maarten Visser/flickr)

Turkish reports have said that at least three suicide bombers have left dozens dead in Instanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, and upwards of 147 people have been wounded. Reuters reports that police fired shots to try to stop the attackers just before they reached a security checkpoint, and there is footage of one of the attackers being shot by police before he blows himself up. The attackers had firearms as well as bombs on their bodies, and opened fire at the entrance to the Turkish airport.

CNN writes that 36 people are dead and 147 more were injured. Ataturk is Turkey’s largest airport. The Times adds:
--At least 36 people were killed in the terror attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. "The signs point to Daesh but the investigation is ongoing," he said. Daesh is another name for ISIS.
--Another 147 people were wounded, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said. Three bombers were also killed, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin said. A total of 49 ambulances were sent to the site.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reports:
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said a terrorist opened fire using an AK-47 assault rifle at the international terminal before detonating a suicide bomb.
Police and medical teams are at the scene and access to and from the airport has been blocked.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was briefed by Interior Minister Efkan Ala and Sahin and has ordered the formation of a crisis desk.
CNN has a recording here of witness Laurence Cameron describing the destruction.