In Istanbul Turkey, a gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.
The attack shook NATO member Turkey as it tries to recover from a failed Julycoup and a series of deadly bombings in cities including Istanbul and the capitalAnkara, some blamed on Islamic State and others claimed by Kurdish militants.
“As a nation, we will fight to the end against not just the armed attacks of terror groups, but also against their economic, political and social attacks,” President Tayyip Erdogan said in a written statement.
Some 600 people were thought to be inside when the gunman shot dead a policeman and civilian at the door, forced his way in and then opened fire in the Istanbul nightclub.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said the attacker used a “Long-range weapon” to “Brutally and savagely” fire on people, apparently referring to some form ofassault rifle.
The New Year’s Day attack came five months after a failed military coup, in which more than 240 people were killed, many of them in Istanbul, as rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets in a bid to seize power. Source: Reuters: Gunman kills 39 in Istanbul nightclub, manhunt underway