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01 January, 2017

At least 39 killed, 69 injured in Istanbul nightclub terrorist attack

Some 39 people, including 16 foreigners, were killed and dozens of others injured when at least one gunman reportedly dressed as Santa opened fire in an Istanbul night club, Turkey’s interior minister said. The manhunt for one terror suspect is underway. 

 

Turkey’s interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, told Turkish media on Sunday morning that 21 victims have been identified so far, of whom 16 were foreign nationals and five Turkish citizens.

Soylu said that the shooter is still at large. Conflicting reports have been claiming that two gunmen were involved.

“The search operation for the terrorist is ongoing,” the minister said.

 

Immediately after the attack, Istanbul’s governor Vasip Şahin said 35 people were killed and 40 wounded, calling the incident a terrorist attack.

 

The attack took place at the well-known Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy neighborhood, in Istanbul’s Besiktas district.

 

Details and updates:

 

https://www.rt.com/news/372394-istanbul-night-club-newyear-attack/

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