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This story is developing: Explosions At Istanbul Atatürk Airport

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At Atatürk Airport, 24 kms south of Istanbul, there have been explosions. Unconfirmed sources state 60 people were injured. The attack started with gunfire, followed by two explosions. Earlier the Governor of Istanbul mentioned that there are 3 terrorists and 28 people have died during the attack.

Update 02:26:09: New information shared by the Minister of Justice of Turkey Bozdag confirms that there are 31 casualties and 147 injured.

Update 3:04:42: Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim has confirmed the death toll has risen to 39 (including 3 terrorists). Additonally, the Prime Minister said the terrorists came to the airport by taxi and opened fire on security staff after which they triggered their explosives.

Update 13:48:47: The death toll has risen to 41, 239 people were injured of which 130 are still in hospital. Among the casualties there are 13 people with a foreign passport or double nationality.

Several flights inbound flights have diverted to other airports, while departures are either canceled or postponed.

Over the past few years there have been several attacks in Turkey, but none of them had aiports as their targets. The attack comes just 3 months after the bomb attack on Brussels Airport and continues a streak of attacks on European cities that started in Spain in 2004. Since the attacks in Paris in January 2015, sleeping terror cells have been waking up leading to an increase in attacks.

Istanbul: Europe’s third busiest airport

Atatürk Airport or Atatürk Havalimanı is the 3rd airport in Europe, behind London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, in terms of passenger traffic having processed over 61 million passengers in 2015. In 2015 passenger traffic grew by 9.2%.

FAA grounds all flights to and from Istanbul

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday grounded all flights between the United States and Istanbul.

Laset edit: 06/29/2016 03:04:49