Turkey airport attack: At least 36 killed and dozens injured (Photos)

Turkey airport attack: At least 36 killed and dozens injured (Photos)

Turkey airport attack: At least 36 killed and dozens injured (Photos)

Written by Staff Writer

29 Jun, 2016 | 7:59 am

Explosions and gunfire rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday evening, leaving at least 36 people dead and scores more injured.

Shortly before the blasts, assailants armed with AK-47 rifles exchanged gunfire with security guards outside the airport’s international terminal, according to officials.

The gunmen opened fire around 10:30 p.m. local time at the entrance of the international arrivals area, where detonated explosives sent people running for their lives.

The number of dead and injured fluctuated steadily overnight amid the confusion, and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that at least 36 people were killed.

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.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Ataturk attack.

Ataturk International Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, and the third-busiest airport in Europe, according to Airports Council International.

A view of the entrance of the Ataturk international airport after two suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance, in Istanbul, Turkey June 28, 2016.

Officials walk inside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016.

People leave Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016.

Paramedics help the injured outside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016.

A view of the entrance of the Ataturk international airport after two suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance, in Istanbul, Turkey June 28, 2016

People leave Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016

Paramedics help casualties outside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast, June 28, 2016.

Forensic experts work outside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast, June 28, 2016.

An injured woman covers her face as she is carried by paramedics into ambulance at Istanbul Ataturk airport, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016.

People walk away from Istanbul Ataturk airport, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016.

Paramedics attend to casualties outside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following an attack, June 28, 2016.

A weapon is seen on the floor at Ataturk airport after suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance, in Istanbul, Turkey June 28, 2016.

Forensic experts work outside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast, June 28, 2016.

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