Istanbul blast: Recent airport attacks at a glance

By: | Updated: June 29, 2016 9:55 AM

Istanbul airport attack: A suicide attack at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport Tuesday killed dozens and wounded more than 140 as Turkish officials blamed the carnage at the international terminal on three suspected Islamic State group militants.

Istanbul airport attack: Istanbul airport attack: Passengers embrace each other at the entrance to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport following their evacuation after a blast. (AP)

Istanbul airport attack: A suicide attack at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport Tuesday killed dozens and wounded more than 140 as Turkish officials blamed the carnage at the international terminal on three suspected Islamic State group militants.

Hundreds of frightened passengers streamed out of the airport, fleeing the latest of several bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the Turkish economy, which relies heavily on tourism.

The attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Tuesday was the latest in such incidents at major airports in recent years. The following is a list of some of those attacks:

June 26, 2016 – Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said.

June 12, 2016 – An explosion at a check-in-area of Shanghai’s main international airport injures four people. The blast at Pudong International Airport, China’s second-busiest, was carried out using fireworks stuffed inside empty beer bottles.

March 22, 2016 – 16 people are killed in two suicide bombings as bombs ripped through check-in counters at Brussels Airport. The Islamic State group claims responsibility for the attack. A subsequent explosion at a Brussels subway station killed 16 more people.

March 7 2016 – A bomb explodes in a piece of luggage at an airport in a central Somali town, wounding three people. Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claim responsibility for the blast.

December 28, 2015 – A suicide car bomb attack killed at least one civilian near the eastern entrance of the Kabul international airport. Another 13 civilians were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

August 17, 2015 – An explosion near Kabul’s international airport appears to have been caused by a suicide car bomb. Police say a suicide car bomber struck the front gate of the airport. No causalities reported.

March 21, 2015 – A machete-wielding man attacks TSA officers at New Orleans’ international airport and is shot and killed. Authorities later said he was carrying a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails. One of the TSA officers was slightly injured.

(With inputs from Associated Press)

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