Reina nightclub terror attack leaves 39 dead and 69 injured after gunman dressed in Santa outfit opens fire in Istanbul. Up to 600 people were believed to be in Reina at the time. Located in the Ortakoy district of istanbul, it is one of the most well-known venues in Turkey and is popular with the city's rich and famous. Celebrities including Sting, Paris Hilton and Gisele Bundchen have visited in the past. White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the attack on "innocent revellers" showed the perpetrators' savagery.
ISTANBUL (AP) — An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a crowded nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations, killing at least 39 people and wounding close to 70 others in what the province's governor described as a terror attack. Gov. Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club at around 1:15 a.m. Sunday 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. Private NTV news channel said the assailant entered the Reina nightclub, in Istanbul's Ortakoy district, dressed in a Santa Claus outfit. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the man was still on the run, adding: "efforts to find the terrorist are continuing."
"Our security forces have started the necessary operations. God willing he will be caught in a short period of time," the minister said. At least 15 of the dead were foreign nationals, Soylu said, without providing information on their nationalities. Five of the victims were identified as Turkish nationals while authorities were still trying to identify the rest of the victims. At least 69 people were being treated in hospitals, four in serious condition, Soylu said. Three or four of the Turkish victims may have been employees at the nightclub, he said. "This was a massacre, a truly inhuman savagery," Soylu said.
ISIS UNDERCOVER: “The West are idiots and fools,” one ISIS fighter taunted, according to Reuters. “They think we are waiting for them to give us visas to go and attack them or that we will attack with our beards or even Islamic outfits. “They think they can distinguish us these days – they are fools and more than that they don’t know we can play their game in intelligence. They infiltrated us with those who pretend to be Muslims and we have also penetrated them with those who look like them.” About 100 Americans are being tracked by the FBI because of their travels to Syria, some to join ISIS, analysts say. And ISIS is actively recruiting Westerners and European Muslims who could easily enter the US.
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