ISTANBUL — Suicide attackers armed with bombs and guns struck Turkey’s largest airport Tuesday night, blowing themselves up in a confrontation with the police. Officials said that at least 28 people were killed in the attack, and one official who spoke to The Associated Press put the toll at nearly 50. Scores more were reported to have been injured.
The governor of Istanbul, Vasip Sahin, told Turkish news outlets that three suicide bombers took part in the attack. The official cited by The A.P. said there may have been four attackers.
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.
CNN Turk reported that one suicide bomber set off his explosives inside the terminal building and another outside in a parking lot.
There appeared to be no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
“I hope the attack at the Ataturk airport will be a turning point in the world, and primarily for the Western states, for a joint struggle against terror organizations,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement, adding that the attack “revealed the dark face of terror organizations targeting innocent civilians.”
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