Turkey attacked on New Year’s Eve by a terrorist murderer. The gunman killed at least 39 people, including 16 foreigners, and injured dozens more. The attack took place at a famous nightclub named Reina Club. The attack took place in the Ortakoy area at about 1:45am.
Turkey Attacked, Gunman Flees
Turkish Prime Minister Minali Yildirim said, “Some details have started emerging, but the authorities are working towards a concrete result.” Yildirim said it is unknown who is behind the attack. Turkish authorities are starting to uncover evidence about the attack but there is no clarity yet on who was responsible. He also said, “Police and security officials will share information as it becomes available during the investigation.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said it was a terror attack. He went on,”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.” it is believed the assailant was dressed in a Santa Claus hat at least for part of the attack. The male murderer was dressed in black and carried a backpack as he shot down a police officer outside the nightclub. Inside the club video footage shows the gunman wearing different clothes.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the gunman was still at large. “The search for the terrorist continues…Our security forces have started the necessary operations. God willing he will be caught in a short period of time.” Some reports suggest there were multiple attackers. Some witnesses claimed the attackers were “speaking Arabic,” according to Dogan news agency.
President Erdogan vowed that Turkey would continue its fight against terrorism. “Turkey is determined to continue to fight to the end against terror and do whatever is necessary to ensure the security of its citizens and secure peace in the region.” He said that Turkey would deploy any means, from military, economic and political to social against terror organizations and the countries supporting them, without giving details on which groups or nations he was referring to.