Two terrorists dressed in Santa Claus outfits opened fire in an Istanbul, Turkey nightclub on New Years Eve, killing at least 35. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Istanbul terror attack.
Here are breaking details from Fox News. It details a single gunman, but it now appears two men were involved.
The attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club before entering and firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried out the attack.
“Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun,” Sahin told reporters.
Footage from the scene showed at least six ambulances with flashing lights and civilians being escorted out. NTV said police had cordoned off the area and an operation to capture the assailant was ongoing.
It is believed that more than 500 people were inside the club at the time of the incident.
Media reports said the assailant entered the Reina nightclub, in Istanbul’s Ortakoy district, at 1:45 am, dressed in a Santa Claus costume. Some customers jumped into the waters of the Bosporus to escape the attack, the report said.
Video of one of the attackers has hit the internet.
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Reports say the attackers were shouting in Arabic.