ONE person has been killed and another seriously injured after an explosion at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Istanbul in the early hours of the morning December 23.
“An explosion whose cause remains undetermined took place on the apron of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport at 2:05 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2015,” Pegasus Airlines announced in a written statement. “There were no passengers inside the boarding bridge or inside our plane,” the statement added.
Janitor Zehra Yamaç suffered fatal injuries, whilst another member of the cleaning staff was taken to hospital to treat his wounds.
Some witnesses are reporting hearing three consecutive explosions and the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Investment Development and Operation has launched an investigation whilst police helicopters are looking for possible suspects.
Istanbul is on high alert following a twin bomb attack on an election rally in Ankara in October which left over 100 civilians dead, whilst low level conflict with Kurdish separatists and the threat of Daesh on the southern border have seen strict security measures enforced.