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At Least 36 People Killed & 147 Injured In Istanbul Airport Explosions

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UPDATE 8:27 PM EST: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is now saying the death toll in this horrific attack has risen to 36. Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag is also saying at least 147 people were injured in the explosions.

Binali says there's a possible ISIS connection, but authorities are still looking into the tragedy, explaining:

"The signs point to Daesh [ISIS] but the investigation is ongoing."

Our hearts go out to everyone in Turkey.


This is horrible.

On Tuesday, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin confirmed that at least 28 people were killed and 60 others injured after three attackers wearing explosive vests set off their bombs at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Turkish officials said police at the checkpoint for the airport's international terminal shot at the suspects, who then detonated their vests and killed themselves.

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While most of the people who were hurt or killed in the attack were Turkish citizens, an official explained that "there are foreign nationals" among the dead and wounded.

Traveler Laurence Cameron opened up about the scary scene, saying:

"It was just a massive crowd of screaming people. Some were falling over themselves. A poor chap in a wheelchair was just left, and everyone just rushed to the back of the building, and then people ran the other way and no one really seemed to know what was going on. Where you normally hail a taxi, that is where the attack happened. The ground is just kind of shredded. There is bloodstains on the floor as well."

The Federal Aviation Administration is grounding US flights that were headed for Istanbul, as well as planes from Istanbul on their way to America.

The airport is closed until Wednesday at 8 p.m. local time. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the horrific assault.

Our hearts are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.

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