Up to 50 people now feared dead in Istanbul Airport attack

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Ambulances gather outside the airport
Ambulances gather outside the airport
The entrance to the airport after the explosions
The entrance to the airport after the explosions
Police set up a cordon near the airport
Police set up a cordon near the airport

Latest reports say that possibly 50 people were killed in attacks on Istanbul's airport with 60 wounded.

Earlier the Turkish city's governor Bekir Bozdag said that according to preliminary information, "a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up".

Another official said two attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international terminal after police fired at them.

The official said he was citing information from the interior ministry. It was not immediately clear why his account of the number of attackers was different to the justice minister's.

The official said the attackers blew themselves up before entering the X-ray security check at the airport entrance.

Turkish airports have security checks both at the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates.

Eye witness Ercan Ceyhan told CNN-Turk that he saw some 30 ambulances enter the airport.

The private DHA news agency said the wounded, among them police officers, were being transferred to Bakirkoy State Hospital.

Turkey has suffered several bombings in recent months linked to Kurdish or Islamic State militants.

The bombings included two in Istanbul targeting tourists - which the authorities have blamed on Islamic State.

The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.