There are unconfirmed reports about an explosion or an attack in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Turkish TVs are reporting
Pictures posted on social media showed wounded people lying on the ground inside and outside the terminal buildings.
“There was a huge explosion, extremely loud. The roof came down. Inside the airport it is terrible, you can’t recognize it, the damage is big,” said Ali Tekin, who was at the arrivals hall when the attack took place.
A German woman named Duygu, who was at the airport, told Reuters: “Everyone started running away. Everywhere was covered with blood and body parts. I saw bullet holes on the doors.”
Another passenger told the Associated Press that she hid under a counter after hearing an explosion and a loud bang.
A Foreign Office spokesman said it was “urgently seeking further information” following the attack.
“Our staff in Istanbul and London stand ready to support any British nationals affected,” he said.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the attack was aimed at undermining Turkey through the killing of innocent people.
“It is clear that this attack is not aimed at achieving any result but only to create propaganda material against our country using simply the blood and pain of innocent people,” he said.
Flights to the airport have been diverted.
British Airways flight BA680 from London Heathrow to Ataturk was returned to the UK in the wake of the blasts.
In recent months Turkey has suffered several attacks linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants. The attacks include two bombings targeting tourists in Istanbul, which authorities blamed on IS.
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