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Suicide attackers have killed at least 41 in Turkey’s biggest airport

By Anne Quito

Updated at 10:30 am ET, June 29.

Three black-clad attackers opened fire with guns and explosives at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on Tuesday (June 28). The death toll has risen to 41 people, and nearly 239 were injured.

Two attackers were at the international terminal, and the third was in a nearby parking lot, a Turkish official told CNN. One attacker opened fire in the departures hall, and all three eventually blew themselves up in or around the arrivals hall a floor below, according to Reuters.

“The signs point to Daesh but the investigation is ongoing,” said Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim, referring to militant group ISIL. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks. Turkish officials told Reuters that the attack resembled a March suicide bombing at Brussels airport, which claimed the lives of 16 people.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement condemning the attack. “The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims.”

Several eyewitness reports at the world’s 11th busiest airport described the gruesome scene.

Videos posted to social media depict explosions at the airport. One, posted by a Turkish journalism collective, appears to show people fleeing a violent flash near the check-in area.

More videos show travelers running through the airport and hiding in an airport shop.

Update: After shutting down overnight and causing many flight delays and cancellations, the Ataturk airport has reopened. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has lifted the ground order that barred US flights from traveling to the busy international hub. Aviation tracking service Flight Radar 24 reports that a plane from Taipei will be the first to touch down at Ataturk after the attacks.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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