At least 35 killed, 40 injured as shooters dressed as Santas attack nightclub in Istanbul
Gunmen dressed as Santas have attacked a night club in Istanbul, reportedly injuring scores of people and killing at least two, Turkish channel NTV reports. Footage shows armored police vehicles surrounding the building as ambulances are rushed to the scene.
The attackers opened fire on clubgoers, injuring at least 20-30 and killing two, according to NTV. One of the gunmen has reportedly hidden inside the club, while the whereabouts of the second one were not immediately clear.
After the attackers stormed into the building, some club-goers jumped into the sea in panic, Turkish media cited eyewitnesses as saying. A search and rescue operation for those who jumped in the water is being carried out by maritime police.
The attack took place at the well-known Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy neighborhood, in Istanbul’s Besiktas district.
A policeman and a civilian are reported to be among the two known casualties at the nightclub.
There were two attackers involved, according to NTV, but conflicting reports also described a lone gunman.
The gunmen were dressed in Santa Claus outfits, wielding assault rifles, Turkish media said.