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Manhunt Underway After Nightclub Massacre in Istanbul

stanbul Nightclub Attacked by Gunman
stanbul Nightclub Attacked by Gunman
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 1: Relatives and friends mourn at a coffin during the funeral of Ayhan Arik, one of the 39 victims of the gun attack on the Reina, a popular night club in Istanbul near by the Bosphorus shores, in Istanbul, January 1, 2017, Turkey. According to Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu at least 39 people, including at least 15 foreigners have been killed dead and 40 wounded at terror attack at Istanbul’s famous night club of Reina in Bosphorus shores in the new year party. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

Police in Istanbul are hunting for an unidentified gunman who fled after killing 39 people at a nightclub on New Year’s Eve.

The attacker left his gun before “taking advantage of the chaos” and fleeing the scene, Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s prime minister, said.

Officials say some 15 foreigners were killed, including citizens from Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

“Shots were fired from all directions and I saw dead and wounded people falling near me,” one of Ms Nasser’s friends. I hid in some corner and didn’t know what to do. Everyone was screaming and crying and the shooting didn’t stop, it sounded like an eternity.” Alaa Abd al-Hai, told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed in a statement that Turkey would fight terrorism “till the end”.

“Turkey will stand together and not give passage to dirty games of terrorists,” he said.

Mehmet Görmez, Turkey’s most senior Muslim cleric, condemned the attack as “savagery” and a “massacre that no Muslim conscience can accept”.

The attack came at the end of a year of terrorist incidents across Europe, including the driving of a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin earlier in December.

No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

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