Saturday, December 31, 2016
Terrorist Attack on Istanbul Night Club
At least 35 people were killed and more than 40 injured in an attack on a night club in Istanbul, the Millyet newspaper said Sunday citing the city’s governor.
"It is a terrorist attack. According the to latest information, 35 our citizens died, including one police officer. Some 40 people are known to have been injured," Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.
Unidentified gunmen attacked the Reina night club in the Ortakoy district where some 700-800 revelers were attending a New Year party. Earlier, local TV reported that the attackers wore Santa Claus outfits.
Up to 70 ambulance vehicles and numerous police units arrived at the scene.
The Reina was very popular with tourists back when I used to spend time in country, twenty years ago. Back in the 1990s security was pretty good. Or at least good enough to stop Kurd terrorists. Islamics of course are another matter entirely.
Here is a list of the Dead by nationality.
Saudi Arabia – Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul said that Saudis were among the victims, but gave no figures. The Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper however quoted a consulate source as saying that five Saudis including two women had died and 11 other people were injured. Al-Arabiya television also spoke of five dead and nine wounded.
Jordan – The foreign ministry in Amman said three Jordanians were killed and four injured, the official Petra news agency reported.
Iraq – A spokesman for Iraq’s foreign ministry said that three Iraqis died in the attack.
Lebanon – The Lebanese foreign ministry announced the death of three Lebanese and said another four were wounded. “I was saved by my passport which I was carrying right near my heart,” one of the injured, Francois al-Asmar, told Lebanese television from his hospital bed.
Tunisia – The Tunisian foreign ministry said on its Facebook page that two Tunisians died, with media reports saying the victims were a businessman and his wife.
India – India’s external affairs minister said two nationals were among the dead, naming them as Abis Rizvi, the son of a former MP, and a woman, Khushi Shah.
Israel – The Israeli foreign ministry said a young Arab Israeli woman, 18-year-old Lian Nasser, had died.
Belgium – Belgium’s foreign ministry confirmed that a man in his 20s, a Belgian-Turkish dual national, was killed.
France – Paris said a French-Tunisian dual national woman had died along with her Tunisian husband. It was not immediately known if they were among the dead listed by Tunis. Another three French people were injured, the foreign ministry said.
Libya – One Libyan was killed and three others hurt in the attack, according to the north African country’s foreign ministry.
Morocco – Three Moroccans were wounded, the MAP news agency quoted the embassy in Ankara as saying.