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Explosions rock Istanbul airport, multiple injuries reported

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Explosions rocked Turkey's largest airport Tuesday night, killing dozens and wounding scores more in what appeared to be a coordinated terror attack, officials said.

The gunmen opened fire around 10:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. ET) at the entrance of the international arrivals area at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, where fiery explosives sent people running for their lives, witnesses and officials said.

The number of dead and injured fluctuated steadily overnight amid the confusion, and Istanbul's governor said on television that at least 28 people were killed. The Associated Press reported that 31 people died, according to Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, while the Turkish Red Crescent said casualties were at 35 with "over a hundred" injured. The death toll could not be independently confirmed by NBC News.

The White House condemned the blasts as a "heinous terrorist attack," and the U.S. State Department said it was determining if any victims were American.


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At least two blasts occurred at a checkpoint at a busy terminal that serves as a major hub, particularly for people traveling between Europe and Asia. In the aftermath of the explosions, U.S. carriers were halted from flying directly into Turkey — a country that has become the main transit point for foreign fighters in and out of Syria, where ISIS controls part of the country.

A person who works for a contractor inside the airport told NBC News that he saw three suicide bombers.

Another witness said he heard the first blast at a parking lot, where the attacker had an AK-47 and started shooting before blowing himself up. That drew security to the scene.


At least two explosions rocked Istanbul, Turkey's international airport Tuesday night, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens more, officials said.

Authorities and witnesses said terrorists opened fire at the entrance of the international arrivals area at Ataturk International Airport before explosives were detonated.

Deputy of Istanbul Eren Erdem said on Twitter that 10 people were dead and at least 20 were injured. The Associated Press reported that 28 people were killed, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin. The death toll could not be immediately confirmed by NBC News.

The U.S. State Department said it was determining if any victims were Americans. 

The blasts occurred at a busy terminal where people come from all over the world. There were no U.S. carriers flying directly into Turkey — a country that has become the main transit point for foreign fighters in and out of Syria, where ISIS controls part of the country.

A person who works for a contractor inside the airport told NBC News that he saw three suicide bombers. 


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At least three explosions rocked the international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday night, killing at least 10 people and wounding another 40, officials said. 

Officials could not immediately say whether the blasts were caused by bombs or a suicide attack, or how many people may have been hurt.

The blasts occurred at the international arrivals area, a busy part of the airport where people come from all over the world.

A person who works for a contractor inside the airport told NBC News that he saw three suicide bombers.

The man, who identified himself as Omar, said he heard an explosion and then saw police jump on a man, who then blew himself up. People then tried to stop another person with explosives strapped to them.

Turkish media reported the sound of gunfire, and video from the scene at Ataturk International Airport showed ambulances racing to the terminal and people yelling.

Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or ISIS group militants.

Earlier this month, a car bomb attack targeting a bus carrying Turkish police killed 11 people. Thirty-six others were wounded in the attack, official said. 


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