No fewer than 10 people were reported killed, Tuesday evening, in a suicide attack at the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, Turkish justice minister Bekir Bozdag said.
Two explosions hit the airport — Turkey’s biggest — followed by gunfire, local television channels reported.
“Unfortunately 10 people have been killed according to a preliminary toll,” Bozdag told parliament in Ankara.
More than a dozen ambulances raced to the international terminal of Ataturk airport, CNN-Turk said.
The channel cited witnesses as saying two violent blasts shook the terminal, sparking panic among passengers.
“It was very strong; everyone panicked and started running in all directions,” one witness told CNN-Turk.
Police set up a perimeter around the site, television images showed.
Turkey has been hit by a string of deadly attacks blamed on both Kurdish rebels and the Islamic State jihadist group in the past year.