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A fresh-faced man dressed in a bulky coat in the height of Turkey’s summer is believed to be one of three bombers behind the devastating Istanbul airport attack that left at least 40 dead.

CCTV images released one day after three explosions rocked the international terminal of the city’s main airport shows one of the suspected bombers calming walking towards the terminal in a black puffa jacket, local Turkish media reports.

Another image shows a second man, also dressed in black, indiscriminately gunning down people as he makes his way through the terminal.

It has been suggested the men wore the winter coats to hide their suicide vests.

Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic as the attackers began shooting indiscriminately and then blew themselves up at the entrance to Ataturk airport, one of Europe's busiest hubs.

The city's governor said 41 people were killed, including 13 foreigners, and 239 wounded.

Funerals have begun for the victims.

The carnage sparked global condemnation, with US President Barack Obama speaking by phone with his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express his condolences, according to Turkish presidential sources.

This CCTV image shows a man (left) suspected of being one of the suicide bombers involved in the Istanbul airport bombing.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said "the evidence points to Daesh", using another name for ISIL. The identity of the two men in the CCTV images is not yet known.

Police investigators were given just five hours to examine the blood-soaked scenes in the aftermath of the attack before flights resumed, it has emerged.

“I find this totally astonishing,” Professor Larry Kobilinsky of John Jay College of Criminal Justice told CNN.

Police cordon off the scene shortly after the blasts. (AAP)

“I’ve never seen such a massive crime scene looked at for five hours. It’s just impossible. You’re going to compromise, you’re going to contaminate evidence… they should not have turned this open to the public.”

Travellers are said to have walked over shards of broken glass while airport workers cleaned blood stains off walls.

“The Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the last point of departure of many US and European airports. Because of this reason, our security standards comply with the US and EU security standards,” TAV Airports chief executive Sani Sener said in a statement.

Emergency services outside one of the entrances to the airport. (AAP)

While workers replaced ceiling panels, clean-up crews swept up debris, and water trucks washed pavements outside, blood stains and shattered windows were still visible as the departure halls filled again and armed police roamed in kevlar vests.

Turkish Airlines resumed services in and out of Europe's third-busiest airport within 12 hours of Tuesday night's attacks, although many flights were rescheduled and it offered refunds to passengers booked via Istanbul for the next five days if they no longer wanted to travel.

It was a contrast to the aftermath of suicide bombings at Brussels Airport which killed 16 people in March.

There it took 12 days to reopen the airport, much more heavily damaged, to a thin stream of passenger flights.



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