At least 39 people were killed and about 70 injured in an attack on a night club Reina in Istanbul. Many of the victims were foreigners, according to NEWSru.com.
Club Reina, which was attacked, is located on the shores of the Bosphorus. It is reported that at the time of the attack about 1:15 in the morning — there were about 500 people. A criminal shot a police officer at the entrance to the club, and then started indiscriminate firing inside. He fired long-barreled weapons.
The BBC, citing Turkish TV channel NTV reports that some visitors to the club in a panic, jumped into the Bosphorus, trying to escape.
The newspaper Hurriyet with reference to eyewitnesses reported that the attackers were few. At least one of them was dressed as Santa Claus, which he after escaped, mingling with the crowd. According to the newspaper, the killer shouted something in Arabic.
Turkish news Agency Dogan published a record of the street surveillance camera, which shows the onset of an attack: a man opens fire on the street in front of the club.
The Governor of Istanbul Wasip Shaheen called the attack a terrorist attack. According to him, the attack was made by a one armed man in costume of Santa Claus. Shaheen reported that the attacker was the one at the entrance to the club located on the shores of the Bosphorus, he shot a police officer and one passerby, then went inside and started shooting from a Kalashnikov. The club was a few hundred people.
The Minister of internal Affairs of Turkey, Suleyman Soylu said that among the victims were 16 foreigners. The scene was hospitalized at 69.
Later, representatives of the Turkish government announced that the terrorist eliminated, writes The Guardian.
Officials confirmed that the terrorist acted alone and he was killed. Reporter said that the police leave the scene, and the activity of rescue services decreases, indicating that the immediate threat has passed.
While there is no evidence that any group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Night club Reina is one of the largest and most famous in Istanbul is located in the historic district of the city of Istanbul.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the target committed in the Istanbul attack was to destabilize the country and «wreak havoc». A written statement issued by the presidential administration.
«They are trying to create chaos, to demoralize our people and destabilize our country with horrific attacks on civilians, Erdogan said. — As a nation, we save your nerves, unite and we will never retreat in the face of such dirty games.»
The President also said that Turkey understands the connection between the terrorist attacks and the situation in the region and intends to eradicate terrorism at its source.
The owner of the club Reina, where the shooting occurred new year’s night, said that US intelligence warned of the impending attack, according to Hurriyet.
«American intelligence warned of a terrorist attack. Seven to ten days have been enhanced security measures. And what? It happened here», − told the newspaper the club’s owner Mehmet Kocaslan.
Earlier in the explosions that occurred on December 10 in Besiktas district of Istanbul, killed more than 40 people, among the victims were 30 law enforcement officers.
17 December in the city of Kayseri, an explosion occurred near the local University, in which 13 people were killed and 55 were injured.
New year’s eve at the club of Istanbul was shooting: 39 dead, terrorist killed 01.01.2017