Turkish officials say 31 people confirmed dead in airport attack, death toll expected to rise

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ISTANBUL (AP) — A senior Turkish official says two explosions have rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport killing 31 people.

According to officials, there were 2 attackers that blew themselves up after police fired at them.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.

The state-run TRT television said an explosion hit a control point at the international arrival terminal of the airport.

Other media reported the sound of gunfire at the scene.

Eye witness Ercan Ceyhan told CNN-Turk that he saw some 30 ambulances enter the airport.

The private DHA news agency said the wounded, among them police officers, were being transferred to Bakirkoy State Hospital.

Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State group militants.

The bombings included two in Istanbul targeting tourists – which the authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group.

The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.

(Corrects APNewsAlert that said nearly 50 killed)

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