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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

At least 32 dead and dozens injured in Istanbul Ataturk airport attack

A suicide gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's main airport, one of Europe's busiest, has killed at least 32 people and injured 60 more.

Three attackers were involved, with one reportedly firing a Kalashnikov as they targeted an entry point to Ataturk international airport.

The attackers blew themselves up after police fired at them, officials say.

Recent bombings in Turkey have been linked to either Kurdish separatists or the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

This looks like a major co-ordinated assault, the BBC's Mark Lowen reports.

Ataturk airport was long seen as a vulnerable target, our Turkey correspondent adds, reporting from a plane stuck on the tarmac in Istanbul.

There are X-ray scanners at the entry to the terminal but security checks for cars are limited.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack, calling for a "joint fight" against terrorism.

The US condemned the "heinous" attack, saying America remained "steadfast in our support for Turkey".

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "We grieve for the victims... We stand by Turkey".

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