Multiple explosions have hit Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing at least 10 people and wounding around 20 others, Turkey’s officials confirmed Tuesday.
According to mainstream media reports, “a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up.”
Meanwhile an official in Turkey government said two attackers had detonated explosives at the entrance of the international terminal after police fired at them.
The official said the attackers blew themselves up before entering the x-ray security check at the airport entrance.
Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.
The bombings included two in Istanbul targeting tourists — which the authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group.
The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.
Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in