Attack at Istanbul Night Club
Terrorist attack at Istanbul famous night club on New Year. Has people gathered to celebrate the cross over from 2016 into 2017 it ended in a tragic way. Reina nightclub is a famous spot for Turks,celebrities stars and tourist from different part of the world.
Initially,at around 1:15 a.m., the gunman, killed a police officer guarding the club before going on a rampage shooting. People in the club flee for their lives while some jumped into the Bosporus, which separates Europe from Asia.
This is the second attack within two weeks in Turkey while the gunman are still on the loose. According to the News report 39 people died, and atleast 25 were foreigners. These included citizens of Belgium, Canada, France, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
One of them being Mr. Rizvi,a Bollywood producer. His death was confirmed the foreign minister of India, Sushma Swaraj. Mr. Rizvi father, Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, is a former member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
Also was Leanne Nasser from Israel. Haykal Mousallem, a businessman from Lebanon with his wife ,although his wife was saved. Also Nawras Assaf, who owned a lounge and bar in Jordan.
On Sunday, 1st of January 2017 Mr. Erdogan stated
“They are working to destroy our country’s morale and create chaos. By deliberately targeting our nation’s peace and targeting civilians with these heinous attacks,” he said. “We will retain our coolheadedness as a nation. Standing more closely together, and we will never give ground to such dirty games.
Furthermore , there was a bomb blast at a soccer stadium in Istanbul in December 2016. Killed dozens and the attack was claimed by a Kurdish terrorist group. But this time no group has come out yet to be responsible for the night club attack on New year .
In addition , Two weeks ago,December 2016 Russia Ambassador was killed. A off-duty police officer shot the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an art gallery in Ankara. He claimed he was exacting revenge for Russia’s role in bombing civilians in the northern Syrian city of ,therefore shot him to death. This is raising speculation about if Russia trying to have a revenge on Turkey .
In conclusion, Prof. Howard Eissenstat, an expert on Turkey at St. Lawrence University, Tweet : “Disturbing + not very difficult line to draw between official Turkish anti New Years campaign + tonight’s violence. Rhetoric has consequences.”