Deadly Suicide Bombings Hit Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
“We were in a pool of blood,” an eyewitness said.
06/28/2016 03:23 pm ET | Updated 7 minutes ago
Nick Robins-Early World News Reporter, The Huffington Post
Sophia Jones Middle East Correspondent, The WorldPost
GOKHAN TAN VIA GETTY IMAGESPeople leave Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport after an attack by suicide bombers.
ISTANBUL — Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, killing at least 36 people, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. Initial government assessments suggest the self-described Islamic State was responsible, Yildirim told reporters.
Close to 150 people were also wounded in the attacks, officials said.
Police shot at the attackers outside the security gate of the airport’s international terminal, a senior Turkish official told The WorldPost. The attackers did not make it through the security gate before detonating their explosives.
“Police fired shots at suspects at the international terminal’s entry, before security check, in an effort to neutralize them,” the official said.
Video on social media appeared to show surveillance footage of one explosion: