Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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The purpose of the terrorist attack in Istanbul, killing 39 people, was to destabilize the situation in Turkey, Erdogan said, stressing that terrorists will not be able to drag the country into chaos
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the target of the attack on a nightclub in Istanbul was to destabilize the situation in the country, but Turkish people “will not go on about the terrorists,” reports Anadolu.
“They are trying to create chaos, to demoralize our people and destabilize our country with their vile attacks on civilians… I am Sure that the Turkish people, maintaining composure and cohesion, will not go on about the terrorists and disrupt their plans,” Erdogan said.
He also noted that the attacks committed in Turkey of various terrorist organizations “linked to the processes in the region.” While Erdogan promised to confront not only the armed attacks of the terrorists and their supporters, but “the pressure of economic, political and social spheres.” “We are determined to destroy the sources of threats and prevent attacks on our country. Every life is given for this case, given to the pain in our hearts, at the same time reinforcing our desire to counter the threats,” — said the President of Turkey, stressing that the attack in Istanbul once again demonstrated that terrorism makes no distinctions between targets.
Informed the special cynicism of the attack said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. “It’s hard to imagine a more cynical crime than the murder of innocent people in the midst of the Christmas holiday. But the terrorists are foreign concepts of human morality,” wrote the Russian leader, in a telegram to Erdogan. Meanwhile, Putin also stressed that Russia remains a reliable partner of Turkey, “in fighting this evil.”
An armed attack on a night club Reina in Istanbul was committed at 01:15 local time (00:15 GMT). It was initially reported that the club broke into two in costumes of Santa Claus and opened fire with Kalashnikovs. However, authorities later clarified that the assailant was alone.
Victims of the attack were at least 39 people. Another 65 wounded remain in hospitals, four of them is estimated as heavy.”It was definitely a terrorist attack, the object of which they are innocent people,” — said the Minister of internal Affairs of Turkey Suleyman Soylu. He also said that the terrorist “was dressed in a coat, and after the attack got changed and left the club in other clothes”. The search for the perpetrator continues.
According to the interior Ministry of Turkey, to date, identified the bodies of 21 dead, including 16 foreigners. In the Consulate General of the Russian Agency “RIA Novosti” said that Russians are not among them. It is knownthat two of the victims are citizens of Azerbaijan.