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A man carries his daughter outside as people leave the airport after two explosions followed by gunfire hit the Turkey's biggest airport of Ataturk in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016/AFP

A man carries his daughter outside as people leave the airport after two explosions followed by gunfire hit the Turkey’s biggest airport of Ataturk in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016/AFP

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jun 29 – At least 28 people were killed Tuesday evening in a suicide attack at the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the city’s governor said.

Two explosions hit the airport – Turkey’s biggest – followed by gunfire, local television channels reported, adding that all flights had been suspended.

Sixty people were wounded, six of them very seriously, state news agency Anadolu said.

More than a dozen ambulances raced to Ataturk airport, CNN Turk said.

The channel cited witnesses as saying two violent blasts shook the international terminal, sparking panic among passengers.

“It was very strong, everyone panicked and started running in all directions,” one witness told CNN Turk.

Police set up a perimeter around the site, television images showed.

Turkey has been hit by a string of deadly attacks in the past year, blamed on both Kurdish rebels and the Islamic State jihadist group.

The Turkish airport attack also follows coordinated suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a city metro station in March that left 32 people dead.

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