from Daily Sabah
An assailant dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing 39 people and wounding 69, and escaped afterwards, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said early Sunday.
Police have launched a province wide search operation for the perpetrator who managed to escape after the attack.
Soylu said that 15 of the attack’s victims were identified to be foreigners, five were Turkish citizens. Efforts continue to identify the remaining 18 bodies. The interior minister also mentioned that 69 people are in hospitals, receiving treatment.
“4 of those injured are in a critical condition. One of them is severely injured,” Soylu said.
A police officer was among the killed in the attack targeting the popular Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district. More than one assailant may have been involved in the attack, sources said. Over 500 people were inside the club at the time.
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