Terrorist Attack In Istanbul Leaves About 39 dead; ISIS Claims Responsibility

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Turkey has been a hotspot for terrorist attacks. She experienced series of terrorist attacks in the past year and these attacks have been attributed to the terrorist groups ISIS and Kurdish Extremist Group.

More than two dozen foreign nationals celebrating the start of the new year in Istanbul were among the victims of a shooting spree at a popular nightclub that left 39 dead and dozens wounded.

Turkish police were on Sunday hunting an unidentified gunman who opened fire in the early hours of 2017 in the Reina club, one of the city’s most famous venues.

The attacker left his gun before “taking advantage of the chaos” and fleeing the scene, Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s prime minister, said.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack, which left 69 wounded, and offered condolences for those who lost their lives, including “foreign guests”.

Those killed in the attack were from 14 countries, including India, Morocco, Jordan, Canada, Russia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Kuwait.

Security guard Fatih Cakmak was one of the first victims killed. He had considered himself lucky after surviving a December attack outside Istanbul’s Vodafone Arena, where he was also working security.

“He went to work, and now he’s gone,” said his father Hassan Cakmak, who said he can’t believe he survived his 32-year-old son.

Lubna Ghaznawi, a young female entrepreneur from Saudi Arabia, was also killed. The 34-year-old worked full-time as a communications manager for one of Saudi Arabia’s largest banks and also co-owned a start-up with her sister called Exclusave Card, the first student discount card in Saudi Arabia.

“She was an optimist and loved going to new places,” her friend Seham al-Shahrani told CNN. Laughter and happiness filled whatever place she went to.

The industrious 34-year-old worked full-time as a communications manager for one of Saudi Arabia’s largest banks and also co-owned a start-up with her sister called Exclusave Card, the first student discount card in Saudi Arabia.

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Dozens of people were hospitalized. As of Monday, 46 were still being treated, including one American, according to the Istanbul governor’s office. A handful of the injured were in critical condition.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, condemned the attack and mourned the death of a Canadian woman.



“We grieve the senseless loss of a Canadian citizen and remain steadfast in our determination to work with allies and partners to fight terrorism and hold perpetrators to account,” he said.

The Israeli victim was 19-year-old

Some customers jumped into the waters of the Bosporus to escape the assault.

British tourists in the country have been warned to take extra care in the aftermath of the attack.

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said he had written to Mr. Erdogan to assure him of the UK’s support in countering terrorism.

“My thoughts are with the Turkish people after the cowardly act of terrorism in the Reina nightclub attack,” Mr. Johnson said.

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Leanne Nasser, who was visiting Istanbul with three friends.

“Shots were fired from all directions and I saw dead and wounded people falling near me,” one of Ms Nasser’s friends, Alaa Abd al-Hai, told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

“I hid in some corner and didn’t know what to do. Everyone was screaming and crying and the shooting didn’t stop, it sounded like an eternity.”

it has been a violent year for Turkey, the country has really experienced series of terrorist attacks in 2016. All these attacks have been attributed to the ISIS who have claimed responsibility for the recent attack.

In December, a pair of bombings in Istanbul killed 44 people and wounded 155 others in an attack by a breakaway group of the PKK. The two explosions occurred after a heavily attended soccer game at Besiktas Vodafone Arena.

Also in December, a car bomb exploded near a public bus, killing 13 soldiers in the central province of Kayseri. Three days later, a gunman assassinated Russia’s ambassador to Turkey at an Ankara art gallery.

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