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.
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.
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.