28 Dead, 60 Wounded In Two Suicide Blasts At Istanbul Airport

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Two explosions at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul killed at least 28 and wounded at least 60 people Tuesday night local time.

Turkish authorities report two two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the international arrivals section of the airport after police opened fire to neutralize them as they entered the airport terminal. Gunfire was also reported at an airport parking lot.

It is unclear who is behind the attack and what the motive was, but a senior U.S. official told NBC News the attack “fits the ISIS profile,” as opposed to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, a Kurdish terrorist organization.

The U.S. temporarily suspended alair travel with Istanbul.

The U.S. Department of State updated its travel warning for going to Turkey as recently as Monday following months of violence and terrorist attacks. The State Department urges Americans to “exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.”

A smaller airport in Istanbul was targeted by a bomb in December, killing one man from the cleaning crew.

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