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Putin Expresses Condolences to Erdogan Over Terrorist Attack in Istanbul

© AFP 2021 / YASIN AKGULTurkish special force police officers and ambulances are seen at the site of an armed attack January 1, 2017 in Istanbul.
Turkish special force police officers and ambulances are seen at the site of an armed attack January 1, 2017 in Istanbul. - Sputnik International
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday expressed condolences to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the deadly terrorist attack in Istanbul, according to the Kremlin press service.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He added that Russia was and would remain Turkey's ally in the fight against this evil.

"It is hard to imagine a more cynical crime than the murder of innocent civilians in the midst of New Year's holiday. But the terrorists are absolutely alien to the concept of human morality. Our common duty is to respond decisively to the terrorist aggression," Putin said.

The nightclub Reina in Istanbul's Besiktas district was attacked early on Sunday by a man, who was reportedly talking in Arabic. The attacker is said to have opened fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

At least 39 people were killed and 69 injured as a result of the attack, according to the Turkish Interior Ministry.

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