The Turkey nightclub attack on New Year’s Day shook the entire republic as gunmen forced their way into the club and massacred partygoers.
The Istanbul-based nightclub, Reina, was under attack Sunday night. At least 35 people have died with another 40 seriously injured in the gunfire.
The nightclub is situated on the shore of the Bosphorus Strait. Details about the attackers are not yet known, although the Governor, Vasip Sahin, has labeled it as a terror attack.
Profile Of The Attacker
The gunmen involved in the Turkey nightclub attack came to the club dressed as Santa Claus. It is not clear as to how many attackers were there. While some witnesses claim that there were three men who opened fire, others say there was just one. The government too has only acknowledged just one gunman.
Firing started at around 1:15 A.M. Sunday night.
As reported by the New York Times, Mehmet Kocarslan, the owner of the nightclub, said the attackers had Kalashnikovs with them. He also said that for the past week or so there was heightened security as American intelligence had warned that a terror attack might happen in the city.
Deaths and Injuries
According to USA Today, there were more than 500 people in the club at the time of the attack. At least 35 of these were killed while several others were injured. Many ambulances were seen on the scene of the attack. There was chaos and panic as people were escorted out of the club.
25 foreign nationals were also killed in the senseless attack.
Attackers Not Caught
In the ensuing horror and panic, the attackers could not be caught.
According to Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, there was one attacker who left his gun before “taking advantage of the chaos” and fleeing the scene, as reported by The Telegraph.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Turkey nightclub attack.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his grief at the deaths and injuries and offered his condolences for those who were killed.
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