Turkish minister: Istanbul nightclub attack carried out by lone gunman

January 1, 2017 10:32

An attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed at least 39 people on Sunday was carried out by a single gunman, according to an announcement by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

A police manhunt was underway after the gunman shot his way into the Reina nightclub at around 1:15 a.m. (2215 GMT), 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 39 people were killed during the attack, many of them foreigners, at the nightclub packed with New Year's revellers.

Some witnesses spoke of multiple attackers, but Soylu said police information pointed to a lone attacker.

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