Dozens killed in Istanbul airport attack

Three suicide reportedly blew themselves up at Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Dozens killed in Istanbul airport attack

Turkish rescue services gather outside Istanbul's Ataturk airport | Image: Emrah Gurel / AP/Press Association Images

Updated 23.30

At least 36 people have died in a suicide bomb attack on the main airport in Istanbul.

Two attackers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, an official said, citing information from the interior ministry.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency has put the number of wounded as high as 60 people, with six of them seriously injured.

The Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told the parliament in Ankara: "Unfortunately 10 people have been killed according to a preliminary toll.

"A terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up," he added.

He also said based on initial information he had he could only confirm one attacker, but local reports say there were three bombers.

Witnesses told another news agency CNN Turk that taxis were ferrying the wounded from the hospital and one man said he saw around 30 ambulances rush to the scene.

Pictures posted on social media showed wounded people lying on the ground inside and outside the terminal buildings.

The Turkish President and Prime Minister are currently meeting in Ankara in relation to the attacks.

All flights have been suspended at the airport following the attack.

The Department of Foreign affairs in Ireland have said they have no reason to believe that any Irish people have been caught up in the attacks, and they have received no requests to provide consular assistance.

Facebook have also activated their safety check for people who are near the airport in Istanbul to let loved ones know that they are safe.