39 people, including many foreigners, were killed on New year’s eve when a gunman went on a rampage at an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul where revellers were celebrating the New Year. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the carnage sought to sow chaos and undermine peace, but Turkey would never bow to the threat.
This attack on the waterside Reina nightclub began when 2017 in Turkey was just 75 minutes old, after a year of unprecedented bloodshed that saw hundreds die in strikes blamed on Kurdish militants and jihadists.The assailant shot dead a policeman and a civilian at the club entrance and then went on a shooting spree inside where up to seven hundred people were feting the New Year.
Suleyman Soylu who is the Interior Minister said that the attacker had escaped and was now the target of a major manhunt, expressing hope the suspect “would be captured soon”.He added that of Twenty victims identified so far, 15 were foreigners and five were Turks. Another 65 people were being treated in hospital.