Revelers at a popular Istanbul nightclub, killing at least 39 people, including one Canadian, before fleeing.
The gunman shot his way into the Reina nightclub around 1:15 a.m., just over an hour into the new year, killing a police officer and a civilian as he entered before opening fire at random inside. At least 69 people were injured in the carnage.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting.
Turkey’s state-run news agency says that nearly two-thirds of the people killed in the Istanbul nightclub attack were foreign nationals, reporting that 25 of the 39 dead were citizens of other countries.
Many were from the Middle East, including Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, although countries from India to Belgium reported their citizens among the casualties.
Among the early reports of those killed and wounded:
- Turkish media report at least seven Saudi nationals and four Iraqis were among those killed inside the club. A Saudi news channel says 10 of the wounded are from Saudi Arabia.
- The Lebanese Foreign Ministry says three citizens were killed and four wounded. The ministry said in a statement Sunday that its diplomats in Turkey are still searching local hospitals to make sure there are no Lebanese victims going uncounted or missing.
- Jordan’s Foreign Ministry says three Jordanians were among those killed. A Kuwaiti diplomat in Turkey says one Kuwaiti is dead and five others wounded.
- France’s foreign minister says one French citizen was killed and three others wounded.
- French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a statement that a woman with both French and Tunisian citizenship died in the attack early Sunday. Ayrault says the woman’s Tunisian husband also died.
- Belgium’s foreign ministry says one Belgian national was killed.
- Anadolu said a female security guard at the club, 29-year-old Hatice Karcilar, was among the dead.
- The Israeli woman who died has been identified as 18-year-old Leanne Nasser from the Israeli-Arab town of Tira.
There were emotional scenes in front of a city morgue where those shot dead were brought for identification. Some relatives cried out and fell to the ground as they apparently learned the fate of their loved ones.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the attack, saying Turkey will relentlessly continue fighting such violence.
“I vehemently condemn the terror attack in Istanbul’s Ortakoy neighbourhood in the first hours of 2017,” he said in a written statement Sunday.
- At the time of the shooting, about 600 people were inside the club, located near a bridge that crosses the Bosphorus Strait. The venue is popular with wealthy locals and tourists and usually features heavy security, CBC’s Nil Koksal said, reporting from Istanbul.