TURKEY: Manhunt underway after massacre at nightclub

Turkish authorities on Sunday were hunting for the lone gunman who opened fire on a New Year’s celebration at one of Istanbul’s most popular nightclubs, killing dozens of people, including a number of foreigners, and wounding scores more in what officials have called an act of terrorism.

At least 39 people were killed, and another 70 people wounded, in the latest in a string of attacks that has shaken Turkey as it faces an array of threats both at home and as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Early Sunday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the attack at the Reina Club, which began with a spray of gunfire around 1 a.m., was carried out by a single assailant, who has not yet been identified. Speaking to reporters outside an Istanbul hospital, Soylu said the attacker changed clothes in order to escape the scene.

“Our security forces have started the necessary operations,” Soylu said, calling the attack “a massacre.”

Authorities identified 20 of the victims, Soylu said, adding that at least 15 of those killed are foreign nationals.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, quoting Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, reported that citizens of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, and Libya were among those killed. Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that an Israeli woman, 19-year-old Leanne Nasser, was killed in the attack. Her friend, 18-year-old Ruaa Mansour, was injured, according to Israeli media reports.

8 Responses to TURKEY: Manhunt underway after massacre at nightclub

  1. Sonnie Leawat
    Sonnie Leawat January 1, 2017 at 9:54 am


    • Diane Elaine Dias
      Diane Elaine Dias January 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

      They make scum look good. Worse than scum. And I bet you if you asked them why they did it , they have no real idea…..Demons….They walk amongst us.

  2. Goody Gmarts
    Goody Gmarts January 1, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Another year and the god of the Abrahamic religions have not done squat to stop the killing of innocent people, that alone should be a sign that either a god does not in fact exists in reality or the he just don’t care about humanity. The first sounds more plausible to me.

    • Ric January 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      You might be an intelligent person but that comment was dumb at best.

  3. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 1, 2017 at 11:37 am

    My heart goes out to the loved ones of the victims. What a horrible and tragic way to start the New Year. Mankind will always be its worst enemy.

  4. Tamah Mon
    Tamah Mon January 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    And it has begun

  5. Jennifer January 1, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Abraham never had a religion. He is the “God” of Abraham, Issac and Jacob = 12 tribes of Israel, all praises. This will continue i am afraid and get worst too.

  6. Everick Holder January 1, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    @ Goody Gmarts
    You have a job on your hands dealing
    With the Jennifer’s of this world
    I wish you luck.


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