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At Least 36 Killed In Istanbul Airport Attack

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At least 36 people have been killed in an attack on the main airport in Istanbul, a senior Turkish official has told the Associated Press.

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Initial indications suggest Islamic State was behind the attack, the official said.

A weapon is seen on the floor at Ataturk airport after suicide bombers opened fire

A weapon lies on the floor of the airport following the attack

Figures suggested up to 50 people had been killed - however that has now been downgraded.

Three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the international terminal of Ataturk Airport, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told NTV television.

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Armed men outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport after explosions heard. Pic: Haberturk

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Gallery: Explosions Hit Istanbul Airport

Scene of explosion outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport

A weapon is seen on the floor at Ataturk airport after suicide bombers opened fire

Many Killed In Suicide Bomb Attack On Ataturk International Airport In Istanbul

Armed men outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport after explosions heard. Pic: Haberturk

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Gallery: Explosions Hit Istanbul Airport

Several witnesses reported two explosions but Mr Sahin said authorities believed there were three bombers.

He said some 60 people were wounded. Six of those sustained serious injuries, the state-run Anadolu Agency said. 

Two of the attackers detonated their explosives when police fired at them, a second official said, citing information from the interior ministry.

A witness told NBC News that he saw a police officer diving to tackle one of the attackers - who then detonated his bomb.

The attack is understood to have happened near the airport entrance - before the assailants would have gone through security checks.


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