Multiple Explosions and Gunfire Rock Istanbul Airport – Over 50 Dead, 147 Injured.

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The Turkish interior ministry has just stated that at least two explosions along with gunfire have taken place at Istanbul‘s Atatürk Airport.

According to one eyewitness, gunfire was coming from a parking lot outside of the airport, but nothing has been confirmed yet.  Another witness has stated that taxis were transporting wounded civilians to nearby hospitals.

UPDATE: 6:14pm EDT – SkyNews and the City’s Governor have stated that at least 28 people have been killed and as least 60 are wounded at this time.

UPDATE: 6:33pm EDT – An eye witness also told NBC news that he saw a Turkish police officer lunge at one of the attackers as he was opening fire in the airport terminal, as the officer attempted to stop him the attacker detonated his explosive device.

UPDATE: 7:10pm EDT – Sources within the Turkish police ranks speculate ISIS is taking responsibility for the attack.

UPDATE: 8:03pm EDT – There has been an update to the casualties to the attack today. Up to 50 Dead, 147 injured.

The group behind the attack is unknown, although ties to Kurdish separatists or the Islamic State are expected at this time.

There have been reports of at least ten people killed, with at least twenty others injured.

Two suicide bombers were also killed.

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag stated that one attacker “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then detonated himself” at the airport entrance.

In total, two bombs exploded.  One at the entrance to the airport on the pavement, and the second at the security gate.  None had actually been detonated inside the airport itself.

A Turkish official had said that police opened fire at suspects near the international terminal in an effort to neutralize the targets.

A U.S. State Department travel warning for Turkey, originally published in March and updated on Monday, advises citizens of the U.S. traveling abroad to “exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.”

This is a developing story with more to come.

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