An armed gunman killed at least 39 people and injured 69 -- four of them critically – on the New Year's Eve at Reina, one of Istanbul’s most famous nightclubs. “At 1.15 a.m., a terrorist carrying a long-barreled weapon martyred the police officer waiting outside, and then martyred another citizen to enter the club” said, Governor Vasip Sahin.
“He then carried out this violent and cruel act by spraying bullets on innocent people who were celebrating the New Year," Sahin added.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed deep sadness over the attack, according to government sources, and received updates from Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Governor Sahin on the casualties as well as the details of the terrorist act.
The attack comes three weeks after twin bombings in Istanbul killed at least 45 people, most of whom were police officers.