Update: Istanbul nightclub attack kills 39, including 16 foreigners, says Turkey interior minister. Reported By AFP.
Update: At least 35 people have lost their lives in an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, the city’s governor has said. Among the dead is one police officer, Vasip Sahin stated, adding that it was a terror attack.
At least another 40 were injured in the attack which took place in the Reina nightclub, in the Ortakoy area, at about 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT).
Update: One attacker was still inside an Istanbul nightclub after an armed attack early on Sunday and police special forces were preparing an operation to enter the building.
Istanbul: Gunmen have attacked a famous nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s Eve celebrations, reportedly injuring dozens of people, local media reported.
Two attackers were reportedly dressed in Santa costumes, according to CNN Turk, when they opened fire on the Reina club in the Ortakoy area of the city. Around 20-30 people may have been wounded in the attack, NTV reported.
TV footage showed armoured police vehicles surrounding the nightspot as ambulances rushed to the scene. Turkey has been the target of a number of recent attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and Kurdish extremist groups.