ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly New Year’s attack at an upscale Istanbul nightclub that left 39 people dead.
CNN reports that the terror group offered no further clues about the identity of the attacker, and authorities in Turkey continue their search for the suspect.
ISIS’ reportedly made the claim in a statement posted to Twitter. The statement read:
In continuation of the blessed operations which ISIS carries out against Turkey, a soldier of the brave caliphate attacked one of the most popular nightclubs while Christians were celebrating their holiday.
Eight people have been detained by police – most of whom were from Kazakstan and Kyrgyzstan – and are being questioned in connection with the attack, according to Anadolu, Turkey’s state-run news agency, as well as state broadcaster TRT.
They have searched the business addresses and homes but found nothing so far as they attempt to establish a connection between the eight people, according to the Daily Mail.
Dozens of people were hospitalized following the attack. As of Monday, CNN reports that 46 were still being treated, including one American, according to the Istanbul governor’s office. A handful of the injured were in critical condition.
As investigations continue, reports say Police have released the taxi driver who drove the terrorist to the Reina nightclub after several hours of questioning, leaving them with very few leads.
The 39 people killed included the daughter of a prominent Lebanese businessman, the chief of security at the Reina nightclub, and a bus driver who had unwittingly transported a group of partygoers to their deaths.
The gunman fired off four magazines containing a total of 120 bullets around the club, as terrified guests flung themselves into the freezing waters of the Bosphorus in panic.
Turkish police this morning arrested eight people – most of whom were from Kazakstan and Kyrgyzstan – over the bloodbath after ISIS claimed one of its ‘soldiers’ had carried out the atrocity using a machine gun and hand grenades.
A female security guard, an Arab-Israeli student and a Lebanese banker were also among those murdered.
And as the world mourns, grieving friends and relatives are coming to terms as they bury their dead.