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Two Explosions Kill 10 At Turkey’s Largest Airport, Istanbul

Posted: Jun 28, 2016 at 9:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Two explosions hit Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport on Tuesday, wounding several people, a Turkish official told Reuters.

A Turkish justice minister said 10 were dead in the attack.

. Turkish officials told Reuters that suspects blew themselves up before passing the x-ray security check. Separately, an official told the Associated Press it was unclear whether bombs or a suicide attack caused the explosions.

Taxis were ferrying wounded people from the airport, the witness told CNN Turk. Around 40 people were wounded, a local broadcaster said.

The state-run TRT television said an explosion hit a control point at the international arrival terminal of the airport. Police fired shots at that terminal entry point, according to Reuters.

Turkish media reported the sound of gunfire at the scene, the AP and CNN Turk reported. Turkey has suffered a spate of bombings this year, including two suicide attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Islamic State, and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.

In the most recent attack, a car bomb ripped through a police bus in central Istanbul during the morning rush hour, killing 11 people and wounding 36 near the main tourist district, a major university and the mayor’s office.

Turkey, which is part of the U.S. -led coalition against Islamic State, is also fighting Kurdish militants in its largely Kurdish southeast.

The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues. The Turkish lira weakened slightly against the dollar after the news. ( CNBC/AP/Reuters)