Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Death toll rises to 50 in Brussels-style attack by 3 men on Istanbul airport

No fewer than 36 persons have been confirmed dead and more than 140 people injured after three suicide bombers launched a 'major, co-ordinated' attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, at about .50pm GMT - 9.50pm on Tuesday, spraying bullets into crowds of terrified passengers and security personnel before blowing themselves up. Turkish officials said that number is expected to rise to 50. 

Footage appears to show the moment one of the three bombs was detonated in the devastating suicide attack at Turkey's Ataturk airport

It is believed the gunmen arrived at the airport in a taxi and were trying to pass through the security x-ray machines at the entrance when they were stopped by security officers and carried out their lethal attack - unleashing a spray of bullets against officers.

Two of the attackers detonated their explosives at the terminal entrance after being fired upon by police, while the third blew himself up in the car park, according to a Turkish official. The fourth attacker is believed to have escaped.
An AK-47 can be seen lying abandoned on the floor, after three suicide bombers set off blasts at the airport as police returned fire

The victims included some foreigners, he said, adding that many of the wounded have minor injuries but others are more badly hurt. 

The attack is believed to have been carried out ISIS, however there has yet been no official claim of responsibility. At least one of the attackers is reported to have been a foreign national.   

Turkish Airlines is the official airline partner to the Euro 2016 football tournament, being held in France.  

Ceiling tiles scattered over the ground outside the international arrivals terminal, which was hit by three suicide blasts on Tuesday night

Police investigators begin to search the area where the explosions went off, at the international airport in Istanbul, shortly before 10pm local time - 7.50pm GMT

Crime scene investigators work next to a body after a suicide bomb attack killed dozens of people at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

Ambulances rush to the airport after the blasts on Tuesday night, in which more than 140 people - including foreigners - were injured

Police officers and ambulance crews outside the international arrivals terminal, which was struck in what officials say was a terror attack

Bodies lie on the pavement outside Istanbul's international airport after explosions and gunfire shook the terminal, injuring and killing scores of people

Dozens of paramedics help the wounded following the airport attack, which left at least 140 people wounded with the death toll expected to rise to 50

Around 30 ambulances arrived at the scene to rush the dozens of people wounded in the series of three suicide explosions to hospital

Photographs from the scene of the attack show devastation, as paramedics rush the wounded to hospital and forensic officers start work

Shocked crowds of bystanders and holidaymakers mix with emergency services crews outside the terminal where the attackers struck

Ambulance crews ferry the wounded away from the terminal. The wounded are believed to include a number of police officers and security personnel, as well as foreigners

Turkish special forces members secure the area after a suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Officials said that all early indications point to ISIS as having carried out the attack

Turkish police officers stand outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, where scores of people have been injured or have died in a 'major and co-ordinated' attack

Forensic officers enter the terminal where three suicide bombers earlier opened fire and detonated suicide vests at Ataturk airport

Forensic officers work outside the airport terminal where three terrorists detonated explosive vests after opening fire with Kalashnikovs

Witnesses reported seeing around 30 ambulances arrive at the airport following the killing spree, conducted by three terrorists believed to be from ISIS. However, no official claims of responsibility have yet been made 

An abandoned office at Turkey's largest airport, the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, where  explosions and gunfire broke out on Tuesday evening. A window pane to the right of the image appears to have been shattered

Taxis ferried the wounded away from the airport, after it was targeted by three suicide bombers in what has been described as a 'major and co-ordinated' attack

Two of the bombers are believed to have detonated their explosives at the entrance to the airport, which is the largest in Turkey, while a third blew himself up in the car park

A photograph of the entrance to the international airport shows scattered debris as onlookers gather around to help the wounded - estimated to number more than 100 people

All flights from the airport were grounded following the horrific attack on Tuesday night, which saw more than 140 people injured

Passengers embrace as they gather in shock outside the terminal after the airport was evacuated and all flights were grounded

A woman cries outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport, where three terrorists sprayed bullets at the terminal before detonating suicide vests

Passengers comfort each other after the horror of the attack, which saw three suicide bombers blow themselves up at the terminal entrance

Relatives of the bomb attack victims wait outside Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Hospital for news of their loved ones after the suicide blasts

Families wait outside the terminal with their luggage after all planes were grounded following the attack, in which three gunmen opened fire and detonated suicide vests

Officials evacuated the terminal following the blasts, leaving dozens of holidaymakers stranded on the pavements outside the airport

Holidaymakers gather outside the airport on Tuesday night, where they anxiously awaited further news following the explosions

Crowds gather outside the airport after Tuesday night's explosions, as emergency crews rush to help the scores of wounded people

Holidaymakers drag their suitcases outside the  airport, as all flights were grounded and the terminal was evacuated following the attack

Holidaymakers drag their suitcases outside the  airport, as all flights were grounded and the terminal was evacuated following the attack

An armed Turkish police officer helps control traffic at Ataturk airport's main gate after explosions and gunfire erupted at the terminal

A police officer guides terrified holidaymakers and bystanders at the Turkish airport after the fatal assault that killed dozens of people

Paramedics and special forces officers at the scene help the more than 140 wounded at the airport, with Turkish officials saying the death toll will rise to 50The first images to emerge from the scene show debris, including what appear to be ceiling tiles, scattered over taxis queuing at the airport

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