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At least 41 killed in suicide bomber explosions at airport in Istanbul, Turkey

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At least 41 people were killed and more than 220 were wounded Tuesday after three suicide bombers blew themselves up inside Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, an official said.

The Associated Press had originally reported that 50 were killed, but walked that number back.

A senior Turkish government official has told The Associated Press all initial indications suggest the Islamic State group is behind the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.

The official said the attackers detonated the explosives at the entrance of the international terminal before entering the X-ray security check.

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

Turkish media reported the sound of gunfire at the scene.

Social media posts showed a confused scene with heavily-armed security forces running into the airport.

A video, presumably filmed inside the airport, showed people cowering on the ground.

ABC News reported that all scheduled flights between the United States and Istanbul were suspended.

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

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

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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