An attack killing over 35 people, and over 40 wounded, has taken place at a Turkish nightclub on New Years Eve. Where multiple men, apparently dressed as Santa, have fired shots into a crowd. (UPDATING regularly)
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A gun attack on Reina nightclub in Istanbul has left at least 35 people dead and more than 40 people wounded, according to the city’s governor. Ten people are said to be in a serious condition.
Foreign nationals are reported to be among the dead.Vasip Şahin has labelled the shooting a terrorist attack, which he says involved a single shooter. However, local media reports on the number of attackers vary.
One man who was wounded in the attack also seemed to contradict the governor’s report:
"Unfortunately [the attacker] 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.
"The inglorious (attacker) raved through the place with Kalashnikovs. The U.S. intelligence warned over such an attack about one week or 10 days ago and measures have been taken, including the sea front. And look what has happened then," Mehmet Koçarslan told Hürriyet reporter Toygun Atilla adding that such an attack was coming, but could not be prevented.
Unconfirmed initial reports speculated that the attack was held by a person wearing Santa Claus costume.
Special forces officers have stormed the building, but the location of the gunman is unknown. A media blackout has been imposed by the Turkish government.
Many party-goers threw themselves into the Bosphorus in panic after the attack, and had to be rescued.
The Foreign Office said it is liaising with authorities to establish whether any Britons were caught up in the massacre.