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Daesh Claims Responsibility for New Year Nightclub Attack in Turkey

© AFP 2022Turkish 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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Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve, Reuters reports citing the group's statement.

Ambulances line up on a road leading to a nightclub where a gun attack took place during a New Year party in Istanbul, Turkey, January 1, 2017. - Sputnik International
Istanbul Nightclub Attack Perpetrator Killed
In this statement, Daesh claimed that the perpetrator of the attack was its "soldier."

On Sunday, 39 people were killed, including 16 foreigners, and 69 injured in the gun attack in an Istanbul nightclub Reina.

The nightclub is located on Istanbul's European side. Witnesses said that the attacker, who was reportedly speaking Arabic, opened fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

The manhunt is currently underway.

It was reported earlier that the Turkish police has arrested and interrogated 63 Daesh militants in different Turkish cities on December 28-31. They obtained information about a possible involvement of a citizen of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in the attack.

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