Shooting reported at Istanbul Ataturk Airport


PUBLISHED Sat, November 05, 2016 - 6:22pm EDT
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Police at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport opened fire after a motorcycle failed to stop at a checkpoint, prompting a brief lockdown, witnesses and officials say. Two suspects, one of whom has been shot by police, have been taken into custody. (more)





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The incident happened just before 1 a.m. local time on Sunday when witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots being fired outside Istanbul's international airport. The airport was then placed on lockdown and roads to and from the area were closed.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said two people on a motorcycle had ignored warnings from police at a checkpoint, after which the officers opened fire. One suspect was shot by police while the other initially fled the scene but was soon after taken into custody at a nearby parking lot.

"During the first examination, no weapons or explosives were found on the persons," the governor said in a brief statement. It was not immediately known why the suspects - both believed to be foreigners - failed to stop at the checkpoint.

After the scene was declared safe, roads in the area were re-opened and the lockdown was lifted. A Turkish Airlines spokesman said flights were not been affected by the incident. "The airport is open to passengers," the governor said.

Istanbul Atatürk Airport is Europe's third busiest airport, just after London Heathrow Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Atatürk Airport was the target of a coordinated attack in June, when suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up, killing 45 people and injuring hundreds more. It is believed the attack was carried out by the Islamic State group (ISIS).

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