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PHOTOS: 39 Killed, 69 Injured as Santa Claus Dressed Gunmen Attack Istanbul Nightclub

1 January 2017 14:55

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At least 39 people are dead and 69 others are wounded in an armed attack on a nightclub in Turkey’s Istanbul.

According to reports, the gunman, wearing a Santa Claus costume, killed a police officer and a civilian before he entered the club and opened fire at the people who were celebrating the New Year in Reina nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.

21 of the victims have been identified, of whom 16 are foreign nationals and five are Turks.

 

Some 500 to 600 people are thought to have been present at the club when the attack happened. Some people jumped into the nearby Bosphorus Strait to avoid being shot and were later rescued by the police.

 Turkey has seen attacks on a host of targets over the past year and a half. Most of the bombing attacks have been blamed on the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and other Kurdish groups.

On December 10, 44 people, mostly policemen, were killed and over 150 more injured in a twin bomb attack, during the second of which a bomber detonated his explosive belt as police arrived to surround him.

Russian’s ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was also killed during the opening of a photo exhibition at a gallery in the capital Ankara on December 19. The assassin, an off-duty policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas was shot dead at the scene by police.

Back in June, at least 41 people were killed and some 240 more injured in a Daesh attack at Istanbul’s main Ataturk Airport.

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