BREAKING NEWS 28 DEAD AND MORE THAN 60 INJURED Istanbul Airport attacked
June 28, 2016
DEVELOPING BREAKING NEWS
Two explosions hit Istanbul's main airport, Ataturk, on Tuesday, wounding several people, a Turkish official told Reuters.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told the media that the attacks killed 28 and injured 60.
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 the explosions were caused by bombs or a suicide attack.
Taxis were ferrying wounded people from the airport, the witness told CNN Turk.
The New York Police Department said that there is no threat to the New York City area at this time.
A Homeland Security official said that the Federal Aviation Administration has instituted a precautionary ground stop for all U.S. register aircraft with flights into Turkey. The agency also said that there are no outbound or inbound U.S. passenger carriers to Turkey. The FAA also reported that there are 10 Turkish airliners inbound to the U.S. at this time.
Several media outlets reported the sound of gunfire at the scene, including Turkish media, the AP and CNN Turk.
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 airports have security checks at both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates, the AP reported.
The U.S. attorney general told Reuters she was awaiting a briefing on the attack and the U.S. stands ready to for support. Meanwhile, some flights have been diverted and it is unclear how many morning flights will be cancelled after the blast, an airport official told Reuters.
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