The gunman responsible for killing and wounding dozens at the Istanbul nightclub late Sunday is still at large.
The Turkish Police are struggling to track down this man, he killed at least 39 people, most of them were foreigners. The gunfire also wounded up to 70 people.
The police still have no identified the motives but it was immediately called a terrorist attack by officials.
“Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun,” Sahin told reporters.
The attacker is armed with a long-barreled weapon, and killed a policeman and civilian before entering the club at around 1:15am
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the gunman was still on the run, adding: “efforts to find the terrorist are continuing.”
Nearly two-thirds of the people who died in the shooting were from other countries, many in the Middle East.
There are currently 69 people being treated at Turkish Hospitals, and four of them being in serious condition. Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry says three Lebanese citizens were wounded in the shooting, including the daughter of a member of parliament.
“This was a massacre, a truly inhuman savagery,” Soylu said.
Many reports say that the gunman was wearing a Santa Claus outfit, the camera footage shows him dressed in black and carrying a backpack
‘At first we thought it was a fight’
Witnesses say that when they first heard the gunfire they were shocked, but they immediately thought it was a fight between two people. Once dozens of people started dropping to the ground/running away they quickly ran away.
Many people jumped into the Bosphorus strait, the waterway was below freezing temperatures but people were desperate to escape.
“For 10 minutes there was gunfire and then for another five minutes they were throwing bombs, fired a bit more, then left,” Turk recalled.