At least one Istanbul gunman reportedly wore Santa Claus costume in club shooting

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
January 1, 2017 12:24

 
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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would fight to the end against all forms of attack by militant groups and their backers after a gunman killed at least 39 people in a shooting spree at an Istanbul nightclub.

A lone gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul's Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.

Some people jumped into the Bosphorus waters to save themselves after the attacker opened fire at random in the Reina nightclub just an hour into the new year.

Officials spoke of a single attacker but some reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more, at least one of them wearing a Santa Claus costume which he ditched in order to escape.

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