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Gunman kills 39 in Istanbul nightclub attack

1 January 2017

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At least 39 people, including a police officer, were killed in a gun attack held on Reina, a popular night club in Istanbul, in the early hours of New Year’ Day.

A total of 15 of foreigners were among the ones killed in the attack, Interior Minister Süleyman said, adding that the search for the gunman is ongoing. “Our police have launched the necessary operations. God willing, he will be apprehended soon,” he told reporters.

At least 65 people were also wounded in the attack that was carried out before 1:30 a.m., Health Minister Recep Akdağ said. Akdağ said that four of the wounded were in serious condition.

Earlier, Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said the attacker killed a police officer and a civilian at the gate of Reina by the Bosphorus, before entering inside and raging through the crowd celebrating the new year.

A reporter at the scene of the attack said live on CNNTurk that around 50 to 60 ambulances had been dispatched to the scene.

According to a witness, there were up to 600 people in the night club.

Around 25,000 police officers have been on duty against a possible terror attack in Istanbul during the New Year’s Day celebrations in the wake of consecutive bomb attacks across the country in 2016, which claimed hundreds of lives.

Hurriyet

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