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.