Multiple casualties after twin explosions at Turkish Airport

UPDATE @ 3.00pm: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed that at this stage no Australians have been killed or injured in the horror Istanbul terror attacks.

The suicide bombings and gun attack occurred at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport and have so far claimed the lives of 36 people and wounded 147 more.

Local media are reporting that ISIS may be behind the coordinated attacks, however it has not yet been confirmed.


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The travel advice for Turkey has since been updated and Australian’s have been strongly advised to not travel to the area.

“We have updated our travel advice for Turkey to reflect the attacks. We continue to advise Australian travellers to reconsider their need to travel to Istanbul,” Ms Bishop said in a statement.

“Australians in Istanbul should remain attentive to their surroundings and follow the instructions of local authorities.”

UPDATE @ 9.30AM: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has condemned the terror attack at Istanbul Airport and says the Government is working to see if any Australians are affected.

“The Australian Government condemns what appears to be a coordinated terror attack on the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul,” the statement read.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the people of Turkey.

“I understand the Turkish authorities have secured the area of the attack and have advised that Ataturk Airport will be closed for up to 48 hours.

“We have updated our travel advice for Turkey to reflect the attacks. We continue to advise Australian travellers to reconsider their need to travel to Istanbul.

“Australians in Istanbul should remain attentive to their surroundings and follow the instructions of local authorities.”

UPDATE @ 08:50AM: It is believed the death toll from the terror attack at Istanbul’s International Airport has now risen to nearly 50.

A local news agency has cited police sources claiming the Islamic State is behind the suicide bombing at Ataturk Airport but this is yet to be confirmed by officials.

There are also claims there may have been three suicide bombers involved in the attack.

UPDATE @ 7.19AM: Istanbul’s Governor says the death toll from the suicide bombing attack has risen to 28.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency says around 60 people have been wounded, six of them seriously.

EARLIER @ 6.10AM : TEN people are said to have been killed and dozens injured after two explosions Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport.

Turkish officials said the explosions were caused by two suspects blowing themselves up just as they passed through security checks.

It’s understood around 40 people have been wounded in the attack.

There are also reports gunfire was heard in the car park at the airport.

Ambulances have rushed to the scene and taxi’s are helping to ferry people out of the airport.

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