Authorities announced the deaths of 35 people in a shooting at a...

Authorities announced the deaths of 35 people in a shooting at a nightclub in Istanbul

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Ambulance outside a nightclub in Istanbul, where the shooting occurred. January 1, 2016

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In an armed attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, where about 800 people celebrated the new year, killing at least 35 people, said the mayor. The number of wounded, according to preliminary data, has exceeded 40 people

On the night of January 1, 2017, an armed attack on a popular night club Reina in Istanbul, where celebrating the new year from 700 to 800 people, according to the newspaper Hurriyet.

As reported by CNN Turk, two of the attackers, presumably in costume of Santa Claus, opened fire at the entrance to the club, killing a police officer. Then they broke into the premises and opened indiscriminate firing.

Originally reported two dead (the criminals shot a police officer at the entrance and one civilian).

However, later the mayor of Istanbul Wasip Sahin, who arrived at the scene said killed at least 35 people, the number of wounded exceeded 40 people.

According to him, the attacker was alone. The mayor called the attack a terrorist attack.

According to Hurriyet, the fire on the visitors of the club was opened from a Kalashnikov. Earlier, Turkish NTV reported that the perpetrator is still inside the club, however, the mayor of Istanbul could not confirm this information.

According to the newspaper, security in Istanbul in new year’s eve provides about 25 thousand police officers.

For 2016 in Turkey, as a result of terrorist attacks killed at least 275 people, thousands more people were injured.