No less than 28 persons have been feared dead and 60 wounded in a terror attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, Istanbul Governor, Vasip Sahin said on Tuesday evening.
Three bombers were also killed, the governor said, in a series of deadly explosions that tore through the crowds at Istanbul’s Atatürk international airport.
The Associated Press cited an unnamed Turkish official who said that the death toll could be as high as 50.
Another Turkish government official said that the police fired shots at two suspected attackers at the entryway to the airport’s international terminal, in an effort to stop them before they reached the building’s security checkpoint.
The two suspects then detonated their bombs, the official said.
“Shortly before the explosions, one of the gunmen opened fired at random as he walked through the terminal,” a witness told Reuters.
“He was just firing at anyone coming in front of him. He was wearing all black. His face was not masked. I was 50 metres away from him,” said Paul Roos, 77, a South African tourist on his way back to Cape Town with his wife.
“We ducked behind a counter but I stood up and watched him. Two explosions went off shortly after one another. By that time he had stopped shooting.”
“He turned around and started coming towards us. He was holding his gun inside his jacket. He looked around anxiously to see if anyone was going to stop him and then went down the escalator … We heard some more gunfire and then another explosion, and then it was over.”
A Turkish Twitter user posted a video of what appeared to be footage of the bombing. A sharp flash of light is seen piercing the outside area in front of the airport entrance.