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Attacker 'randomly opened fire' before Istanbul airport blasts: witness

PTI
Published Jun 29, 2016, 6:09 pm IST
Updated Jun 29, 2016, 6:09 pm IST
Victims recounted that the attackers fired at anyone coming in front of him and that they were dressed in black, and unmasked.
Turkish rescue services help a wounded person outside Ataturk Airport in Istanbul (Photo: PTI)
 Turkish rescue services help a wounded person outside Ataturk Airport in Istanbul (Photo: PTI)

Istanbul: One of the attackers in a multiple suicide bombing at Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday "randomly opened fire" as he walked through the terminal building, shortly before three explosions, an eyewitness said.

"We came right to international departures and saw the man randomly shooting. He was just firing at anyone coming in front of him. He was wearing all black. His face was not masked. I was 50 meters away from him," said Paul Roos, 77, a South African tourist on his way back to Cape Town with his wife.

 

"We ducked behind a counter but I stood up and watched him. Two explosions went off shortly after one another. By that time he had stopped shooting," Roos said.

"He turned around and started coming toward us. He was holding his gun inside his jacket. He looked around anxiously to see if anyone was going to stop him and then went down the escalator ... We heard some more gunfire and then another explosion, and then it was over."

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