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At least one attacker opened fire at an Istanbul nightclub packed with people celebrating the New Year early on Sunday, wounding as many as 20 or 30 people, broadcaster NTV said.
Dozens of ambulances and police vehicles were dispatched to the club in the Ortakoy district of Turkey's most populous city. Initial reports suggested there may have been two attackers, but an NTV reporter later said it may have been a lone assailant.
Broadcaster CNN Turk initially said the attacker was thought still to be inside the building and that police special forces were preparing to raid it. NTV said the attacker's whereabouts were unclear.
The nightclub lies on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait which divides Istanbul in two. Some revelers had jumped into the water to escape the gunfire and were being rescued by police, NTV said.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Nick Tattersall)
Many people have been injured in an armed attack at an Istanbul nightclub, according to the state-run news agency.
Turkish NTV media said two attackers were involved in the attack and between 20 and 30 people had been injured.
Some reports suggested the attackers were wearing Santa Claus outfits. A number of dead have been reported.
Several people are feared dead in an armed attack in an Istanbul nightclub.
It is understood that two gunmen, believed to be dressed in Santa costumes, opened fire inside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul's Ortaköy district.
Up to 30 people are thought to have been wounded in the attack, which has been captured in CCTV footage.
Armed police are surrounding the bar, one of the most popular nightclubs in the heart of Istanbul, and ambulances have been sent to the scene.
Special forces are currently searching the venue. It had been reported that one gunman was still inside.
Santa Claus in an Istanbul night club? In a Muslim country? Why Santa Claus?
Officers in Istanbul will patrol in disguise on New Year’s Eve.
A manhunt is under way for a gunman believed to have been dressed as Santa who killed at least 39 people in a New Year nightclub attack in Istanbul.
Another 69 people were wounded in the armed rampage, which Istanbul's governor described as a "terrorist attack".
At least 16 foreign nationals were among the dead at the club which was popular with tourists, the Turkish interior ministry said.
The gunman killed a policeman and civilian outside the Reina nightclub before opening fire at random inside the building, packed with 600 people celebrating the New Year.
Turkey’s interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, told Turkish media on Sunday morning that 21 victims have been identified so far, of whom 16 were foreign nationals and five Turkish citizens.
Soylu said that the shooter is still at large.
“The search operation for the terrorist is ongoing,” the minister said.
Conflicting reports have put the number of gunmen at one or two.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the New Year nightclub massacre in Istanbul as the hunt continues for the gunman.
In a statement, the militant group hailed the "heroic soldier of the caliphate" who carried out the attack at the popular Reina club, which left 39 dead and 69 wounded, four critically.
Police are said to be investigating whether the killer belonged to the same terror cell that carried out the deadly suicide bomb and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport last June.
The man suspected of carrying out the New Year's Day shooting at an Istanbul nightclub has been arrested, according to local media.
Abdulkadir Masharipov was caught by police officers in the Turkish capital's Esenyurt district, Hurriyet newspaper reports.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack at Reina club, which left 39 dead and 69 wounded.