By Adebayo Williams
A gunman dressed as Santa Claus has killed 39 people and injured 69 in a New Year’s Eve celebration at an Istanbul nightclub. The gunman was captured on CCTV ‘raining’ bullets on the party goers as they ushered in the New Year. Fifteen of the victims are believed to be foreign nationals including, Israeli, Saudis, Moroccans, Lebanese and Libyans.
Turkish police are hunting for a gunman dressed in a Santa Claus hat who opened fire in the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district sending terrified revellers diving into the Bosphorus River for cover.
“As a nation, we will fight to the end against not just the armed attacks of terror groups and the forces behind them, but also against their economic, political and social attacks.
“They are trying to create chaos, demoralize our people, and destabilize our country with abominable attacks which target civilians.
“We will retain our cool-headedness as a nation, standing more closely together, and we will never give ground to such dirty games,” Erdogan said in a statement.
The dead are already being buried in accordance with Islamic tradition.