A suicide bombing following an outburst of gunfire rocked Istanbul International Airport on Tuesday. Around 50 people have been declared dead while almost 100 were injured.
The provincial governor and witnesses have confirmed the news of the occurrence of the incident at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. According to Reuters, there were three suicide bombers.
The police opened fire at the two suicide bombers to stop them from reaching a security point at the arrivals halls. However, both of them blew themselves up instead of stopping their attempt, a Turkish official said.
Police and other emergency personnel gathered at the airport to secure the civilians. The details regarding the attack are still unclear. Despite the witnesses’ reports of two explosions at the Europe’s third busiest airport, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin claimed the authorities believed that there may have been three suicide bombings.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, meanwhile, emphasized that one explosion took place close to the entrance of the airport. According to a Turkish official, the number of affected Turkish nationals was more than that reported but the number of foreigners, who have been affected by the bombings, is also no less.
“There was a huge explosion, extremely loud. The roof came down. Inside the airport it is terrible, you can’t recognize it, the damage is big,” said one of the witnesses, Ali Tekin, who waited for a guest at the arrivals hall during the attack.
A Turkish official stated that there were some similarities observed between the attack at Istanbul International Airport and Brussels attack. Hence, it is very likely to say that Islamic State militants might be involved in the terror act, according to the official. Meanwhile, one of the witnesses Paul Roos claimed seeing one of the attackers. He said the assailant wore all black. He was unmasked as we watched him from a distance of 50 meters.
NPR mentions the share of some of the views of the attack on the social media websites. One of the videos has shown the people at the airport running from the area of the explosion.
On the attack, President Tayyip Erdogan said that the Istanbul international Airport attack would act as a turning point for Turkey’s fight against extremists.
“The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values,” he said in a statement. “The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” he said, urging all governments to join forces against terrorism.