On New Year’s Eve, a man dressed as ‘Santa’ attacked in Turkey nightclub. In the result of heavy firing, at least 39 killed and more than 60 people wounded on the spot. The gunman started firing in a Reina nightclub at about 01:30 local time (22:30 GMT) on the European side of the city. The Interior Minister of Turkey Suleyman Soylu said, “We are face to face with a terror attack. Twenty-one of the dead have been identified, he said. Of those, 16 were foreign nationals and five were Turkish.” The US officials said it was a terrorist attack on the very first day of 2017.

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Heavy Firing On Turkey Nightclub On New Year’s Eve

The Minster also said that, “The efforts to locate the terrorist are ongoing. Security forces have begun the necessary operations. God willing soon (the attacker) will be apprehended.” On the other hand, the Governor of Instanbul Vasip Sahin said, “He entered the club and attacked innocent people who were there to celebrate the new year. It was a cruel, cold-blooded act.”

According to CNN, one victim told everything about the incident and said, “I got shot in the (expletive) leg, man. These crazy people came in shooting everything.” He said this in English when he was carrying out to the ambulance.

The Reina Turkey nightclub where Santa attacked, is located in a seaside neighborhood, that targets the uber-rich people. This shows the classical Instanbul view. Many people said that that this act was like a ‘Jihadist-inspired attack’.

The attacker also killed the policeman and a civilian outside a club before entering in. “Before I could understand what was happening, my husband fell on top me,” the Associated Press news agency quoted Sinem Uyanik, who was inside the club, as saying.

“I had to lift several bodies from (on) top of me before I could get out. It was frightening.”

“The president expressed condolences for the innocent lives lost, directed his team to offer appropriate assistance to the Turkish authorities, as necessary, and keep him updated as warranted,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.