- Title: Istanbul nightclub targeted in New Year attack is demolished
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF REINA NIGHTCLUB VARIOUS OF ENTRANCE OF REINA NIGHTCLUB TRAFFIC ON BOSPHOROUS BRIDGE VARIOUS OF BUILDING DEBRIS OF DEMOLISHED NIGHTCLUB DEBRIS BEHIND WHITE AND RED SECURITY TAPES CUTLERY IN DEBRIS VARIOUS OF CHAIRS AND TABLES ON DEMOLISHED TERRACE VARIOUS OF DAMAGED BAR AREA VARIOUS OF WRITING ON THE WINDOW READING (English): "2017. GO TO HELL 2016" (REVERSED)
- Embargoed: 5th June 2017 14:40
- Keywords: demolition Reina New Year attack Istanbul nightclub
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HX83EV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Mechanical excavators on Monday (May 22) demolished most of the Istanbul nightclub where a gunman killed 39 people on New Year's Day in an attack claimed by Islamic State, after the city municipality ordered its partial demolition.
Reuters TV footage showed wood and building debris piled high across the area where the exclusive Reina club stood on the Bosphorus shore, below the suspension bridge linking Europe and Asia. Only the entrance area of the club remained standing.
The Istanbul city council said in a statement the decision was taken to demolish parts of the nightclub because they violated regulations.
State-run Anadolu news agency cited Reina employees as saying they were unaware of the demolition decision and arrived in the morning to see the destruction.
Police on Jan. 17 captured the alleged gunman, an Uzbek national they said had clearly acted on behalf of Islamic State. The jihadist group claimed credit for the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
The attacker opened fire with an automatic rifle, throwing stun grenades to allow himself to reload and shooting the wounded on the ground. Among those killed in the attack were Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada.
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