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Turkey nightclub massacre: What we know now


USA TODAY
12:31 p.m. EST January 1, 2017

Authorities are searching for a gunman who opened fire Sunday at a packed nightclub during New Year’s celebrations in Istanbul. More than 500 people were inside the Reina club when what authorities described as a terrorist attack began at about 1:15 a.m. Here is what we know so far.

Victims

The gunman killed at least 39 people and injured 69. Three of the wounded remain in critical condition, according to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Foreigners were among the fatalities, according to the Associated Press, including an 18-year-old Israeli woman, three Indian citizens, a 26-year-old man from Lebanon and a Belgian national, according to the countries’ respective foreign ministries and a relative. State-run Anadolu news agency reported Sunday that a 22-year-old police officer, Burak Yildiz, was shot and killed outside the Reina nightclub. A female security guard, Hatice Karcilar, 29, was also among those killed, according to Anadolu.

The suspect

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which Turkish authorities said was carried out by a lone assailant. A closed-circuit television recording of the attack showed the gunman wearing a Santa Claus hat for part of the attack, according to the Associated Press, which obtained the recording from Haberturk newspaper. Turkey’s prime minister disputed earlier reports that the gunman wore a Santa Claus outfit.

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