The video shows some of the lucky ones, they weren’t killed inside the Turkish nightclub where at least 35 of their fellow New Year’s celebrants were. They’ve still got a fighting chance to survive.
According to initial reports, one or perhaps more terrorists dressed in Santa Claus costumes have killed at least 35 people and injured as many as 40 more in an attack on an exclusive nightclub located on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey.
One or more gunmen, at least one of which was armed with a long-barreled firearm, stormed entrance of the exclusive Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy area at approximately 1:45 am, Sunday morning.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin described the event as a “terror attack” and confirmed the casualties, saying, “Unfortunately rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun.”
More than 500 people were believed to have been inside the club at the time of the attack. Many guests threw themselves into the waters of the Bosphorus, which runs alongside the club in order to escape. According to NTV television rescue efforts were currently underway in those waters.
The identity and details regarding the attacker or attackers is still largely unknown, as they were able to escape. Their current whereabouts is unknown. Police Special Forces officers and explosives experts have been dispatched to the scene and a search is underway inside the club.
Some witness described hearing attackers “speaking Arabic,” according to the Dogan news agency.
The Reina is known for being exclusive and difficult to get into, with the bouncers screening those they admit based upon their appearance based largely upon how well they’re dressed. Many of those who were able to gain entry into the club were later seen walking out in their suits and cocktail dresses in a state of shock. There are surely many others who, originally disappointed that they were refused entry, are now counting their blessings.
A news blackout is in effect in the city under the pretext of preventing the spread of “fear in the public, panic and disorder.” It will likely have the opposite effect, as people’s imaginations and fears will be free to run wild, but suppressing information is what tyrants do. It’s to be expected of Erdogan, not the most popular or freedom-loving of leaders.
Some 17,000 police officers were on duty, some disguised as Santa Claus or as street vendors. A natural question is whether the terrorists could have been police officers, given the fact that it was a police officer who assassinated the Russian Ambassador on December 19th.
Clearly it is a possibility that will be looked into and may have something to do with the media blackout. Presently ISIS or Kurdish groups are chief among possible suspects in this act of Islamic terrorism.
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