New Year Terrorist Attack In Turkey

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An image of emergency response ambulances outside the nightclub in Turkey after the mass shooting that took place within it.

There have been 35 people killed (one of whom was a police officer) with another 40 injured. According to the mayor of Istanbul, Vasip Sahin, there was only one shooter involved in what he describes as a terrorist attack.

The event occurred at approximately 1am Turkish time with several hundred people contained at the night club in Istanbul within the Ortakoy area at the time of the shooting.

The video below shows CCTV footage, claiming to be that of the gunman, who appeared to be wearing a Santa Claus costume.

It is not yet known who carried out this attack, however it is possible that this was carried out by an organisation such as ISIS who have already carried out several terrorist attacks in the past year. News Agencies also reported that according to witnesses the individual involved was speaking in Arabic.

This is only a few weeks after the shooting of the Russian ambassador in the capital and adds to growing fear among Turkish citizens after a string of similar attacks.

This page will be updated as more information is obtained.

 

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