Istanbul Ataturk Airport Attack: 36 Dead, 140 Injured

A series of deadly explosions tore through crowds at Istanbul’s Atatürk international airport, leaving at least 41 people dead and scores more injured in an attack officials blamed on the Islamic State terror group.

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Shortly before the blasts, assailants armed with AK-47 rifles became involved in a firefight with security and police near the airport’s x-ray security checkpoint.

Pictures from the airport terminal showed bodies covered in sheets, with glass and abandoned luggage littering the building. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against militant groups.

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