Turkish police open fire on gunmen at Ataturk airport, detain two suspects

Published November 6th, 2016 - 06:22 GMT
A Turkish riot police officer patrols Ataturk airport`s main enterance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016, after two explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey's largest airport. (AFP/File)
A Turkish riot police officer patrols Ataturk airport`s main enterance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016, after two explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey's largest airport. (AFP/File)

Turkish police have opened fire on a motorcycle after it refused to stop at a checkpoint at Istanbul's main Ataturk Airport.

One of the motorcycle riders was injured and apprehended in the early Sunday incident while the other was detained after a brief chase by the police.

No members of the police or civilians were injured in the incident, but vehicle traffic was locked down to and from the airport for a short period. Flights schedules were also not affected.

Separate reports said that one of the gunmen managed to breach the airport's main entrance but was apprehended after exchanging fire with airport security.     

In June, at least 41 people were killed and some 240 more injured in a Daesh attack at the airport.

Turkey has faced a string of attacks over the past year, including several in Istanbul, as it confronts threats from both Daesh and Kurdish militants.

On Friday, at least 11 people were killed after a blast hit the center of Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir, which has witnessed tensions between Ankara’s forces and Kurdish militants.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the incident on militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), while adding that a suspected militant was also killed in the incident. Tensions have been running high in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast since a ceasefire declared by the PKK collapsed in 2015 in the wake of Ankara’s military operations against the Kurdish group’s positions both inside the country as well as in northern Iraq.

 


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