At least 28 dead and dozens injured in blast and gunfire at Istanbul airport

Ataturk AIrport
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A suicide gun and bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport, one of Europe’s busiest, has killed 28 people and injured 60 more.

Three attackers were involved, with one reportedly opening fire with a Kalashnikov as they targeted an entry point to the terminal. A witness told broadcaster CNN Turk that gunfire was heard from the car park at Ataturk Airport and taxis were ferrying wounded people away.

In December, a blast on the tarmac at a different Istanbul airport, Sabiha Gokcen, killed a cleaner. Recent bomb attacks in Turkey have been linked to Kurdish separatists or the Islamic State group.

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

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