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Over 20 killed, 60 injured as blasts rock Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

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The blasts occurred in the airport’s International Arrivals Terminal.

A Turkish official confirmed to Reuters that two explosions have hit the airport. According to some Turkish media, the blasts were terrorist attacks targeting two separate locations in the airport.

Twenty-eight people have lost their lives in the blasts that hit the airport, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said, Turkey’s NTV channel reported.

Paramedics push a stretcher at Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016. © Osman Orsal
Paramedics push a stretcher at Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following a blast June 28, 2016. © Osman Orsal / Reuters

More than 60 people have been injured, six of them seriously, in explosions at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, according to the Turkish state Anadolu news agency.

Islamic State might have been behind the attack, a police source told Dogan news agency. However, the Turkish authorities have not yet confirmed the claim, saying it is too early to draw conclusions, a Turkish official told Reuters.

The deadly blasts coincide with the second anniversary of the declaration of the so-called Caliphate by the terror group.

Many people caught in the blasts and near the airport posted photos and videos from the scene, showing the destruction caused by the explosions as well as people hiding in various places in search of safety.

The majority of those affected by the blasts were Turkish citizens, officials say, according to the Turkish public broadcaster NTV.

Gunfire was heard from the car park near the airport, CNN Turk reports, citing the witnesses. Four armed men were reportedly seen running away from the terminal building after the explosions, according to Turkey’s NTV channel.
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