Istanbul: At least one person has been killed and another one injured in an explosion in the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Turkey’s most populous city of Istanbul, which serves as the economic, cultural, and historical center of the country.
The explosion took place near an aircraft in the apron of the airport, located 35 kilometers (22 miles) southeast of downtown Istanbul, at 2.15 a.m. local time (0015 GMT) on Wednesday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Airport cleaner, Zehra Yamac, 30, died of head wounds hours after the explosion at the airport, which is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, CNN-Turk and NTV television reported.
Security forces have launched an investigation into the cause of the explosion.
Police armed with rifles and protective vests have imposed tight security at entrances to Sabiha Gökçen airport, and are searching all vehicles in the area.
The Istanbul police department has dismissed the allegation that a “mortar attack” caused the explosion.
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport’s operator announced in a brief statement that plane takeoffs and landings at the airport are going as planned.
On December 1, a large explosion, reportedly caused by an improvised pipe bomb, occurred during rush hour near the Bayrampasa metro station in Istanbul. Several people sustained injuries in the act of terror.
Over the past few months, Turkey has suffered a number of bombings. On October 10, twin blasts targeted a number of activists who had gathered outside Ankara’s main train station for a peace rally organized by leftist and pro-Kurdish opposition groups. The Turkish government said 102 died in the bombings, but the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) put the death toll at 128.