Time: 11: 40 a.m. CEST
An attacker entered popular nightclub in Istanbul before 1:30 a.m. on January 1 and using Kalashnikovs killed 39 people, including a police officer and injured 65 others. Among those who died are 15 foreigners, who are from Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Turkish police are still looking for the attacker who escape after the attack.
As Hurryiet Daily News reports, Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said “the attacker killed a police officer and a civilian at the gate of Reina by the Bosphorus, before entering inside and raving through the crowd celebrating the New Year’s.”
Initial reports said, but not confirmed, that the attack was held by a person wearing Santa Claus costume. Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) also announced a gag order regarding the attack. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini condemned the attack on Twitter.
“2017 starts with an attack in #Istanbul. Our thoughts are with victims and their loved ones. We continue to work to prevent these tragedies,” Mogherini tweeted. President Barack Obama expressed condolences for the attack at a night club in Istanbul and directed his team to offer U.S. help to Turkish authorities, the White House said.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen entered a nightclub Pulse in Orlando and killed 49 people and injured 53 more.