- Title: Relatives of victims wait at the morgue after Istanbul nightclub attack
- Date: 1st January 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JANUARY 1, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIORS OF TURKISH FORENSICS INSTITUTE POLICE VANS PARKED OUTSIDE TURKISH FORENSICS INSTITUTE VARIOUS OF RELATIVES OF VICTIMS WAITING OUTSIDE THE MORGUE ARMED POLICEMAN STANDING GUARD FUNERAL VAN ARRIVING TURKISH FORENSICS INSTITUTE SIGN FUNERAL VAN DRIVING THROUGH GATE MEN WAITING ANOTHER FUNERAL VAN ARRIVING MAIN ENTRANCE GATE OF FORENSICS INSTITUTE ARMED POLICEMAN STANDING GUARD BY THE GATE CAR LEAVING FORENSICS INSTITUTE VARIOUS OF RELATIVES STANDING AROUND AND WAITING
- Embargoed: 16th January 2017 11:13
- Keywords: Turkey attack gunfire. wounded casualties nightclub gun attack morgue
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0015X901FR
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- Story Text:Grieving relatives waited outside a morgue in Istanbul on Sunday (January 1) to claim the bodies of loved ones killed in a gun attack at a nightclub.
A gunman opened fire on New Year revellers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul's Bosphorus waterway on Sunday, killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.
Some people jumped into the Bosphorus waters to save themselves after the attacker opened fire at random in the Reina nightclub just over an hour into the new year. Officials spoke of a single attacker but some reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more.
The Hurriyet newspaper cited witnesses as saying the attackers shouted in Arabic as they opened fire at Reina.
The Reina club is one of Istanbul's best known nightspots, popular with locals and foreigners alike. It overlooks the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe and Asia in the city's cosmopolitan Ortakoy district.
As many as 600 people were thought to have been inside when the gunman shot dead a policeman and civilian at the door, forced his way in and then opened fire.
There has been no claim of responsibility, but President Tayyip Erdogan linked the attacks to developments in the region where Turkey faces conflict across its frontier in Syria and Iraq. Some three million Syrian refugees currently live on Turkish soil.
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