By Theodore Shoebat
A Muslim terrorist in Turkey, dressed up as Santa Claus, shot and murdered thirty five people. According to one report:
A gunman has reportedly opened fire inside a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
At least 35 people have been killed and another at least 40 people have been injured in the attack, according to the Istanbul governor.
Large numbers of police and paramedics were sent to the well-known Reina bar in the Ortaköy district, CNN Turk reported.
“Many” people were injured, according to Turkey’s NTV, with at least six ambulances transferring them to hospital for treatment. As many as 600 people are thought to have been in the club when attackers entered it, not longer after midnight.
Two armed men were involved in the attack, reported NTV, and an operation is ongoing to capture an assailant who is still inside the club. Those men may have been dressed in “Santa costumes”, eyewitnesses told CNN Turk.
There was no immediate confirmation of casualties from police.
Reina is a large and well-known club in the middle of Istanbul.
Much of Turkey had been subject to increased security measures on New Year’s Eve, after a year that has seen deadly attacks by Isis and Kurish extremist groups.