Attacker Dressed as Santa Claus Opens Fire in Istanbul Club, Killing 35: Reports

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An attacker reportedly dressed as Santa Claus opened fire inside a nightclub in Istanbul just after midnight on New Year’s Day, according to multiple reports. The attacker reportedly killed at least 35 revelers and injured dozens more, according to The New York Times. Istanbul governor Vaspil Sahin called it a “terrorist attack,” according to CNN. The Associated Press reported that the assailant, who has not yet been public identified, was armed with a long-barreled weapon and killed a policeman and civilian outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortakoy district. The attacker then began shooting at people partying inside the club. It is unclear if the attacker acted alone or if there were multiple assailants.
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