Santa become terrorist in Istanbul, An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a crowded nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 39 people and wounding close to 70 others in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack.
Gov. Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club at around 1:45 a.m. Sunday before entering and firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried out the attack. “Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun,” Sahin told reporters.
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On new year night terrorists who dresses as Santa attacks on Istanbul nightclub and killed 39 people and injured 69 included one policeman.
An assailant dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 39 people and wounding 69, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said early Sunday.
Soylu said that 16 of the killed victims were identified to be foreigners, five were Turkish citizens. Efforts continue to identify the remaining 18 bodies. The interior minister also mentioned that 69 people are in hospitals, receiving treatment.
“4 of those injured are in a critical condition. One of them is severely injured,” Soylu said.
A police officer was among the killed in the attack targeting the popular Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortakoy district. More than one assailant may have been involved in the attack, sources said. Over 500 people were inside the club at the time.
The attacker opened fire at the police outside the nightclub before entering and firing on people inside. Some customers jumped into the waters of the Bosporus to escape the attack, sources added.
Police have launched a province wide search for the perpetrator who managed to escape after the attack.
Security measures had been heightened in major Turkish cities, with police barring traffic leading up to key squares in Istanbul and the capital Ankara. In Istanbul, some 17,000 police officers were put on duty, some camouflaged as Santa Claus and others as street vendors.
Ankara and Istanbul have been targeted by several attacks in 2016 carried out by the Daesh terrorists or PKK militants, killing more than 180 people.