Istanbul Picking Up The Pieces After New Year’s Club Terror Attack

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.

VICTIM: Rita Sami, 26, daughter of Ilyas Schami, a prominent Lebanese businessman.
VICTIM: Rita Sami, 26, daughter of Ilyas Schami, a prominent Lebanese businessman.

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Lebanese banker Heykel Müsellim was a victim of the attack. He was identified using a DNA sample from one of his relatives
Lebanese banker Heykel Müsellim was a victim of the attack. He was identified using a DNA sample from one of his relatives
VICTIM:  25-year-old Lebanese man Ilyas Vardini
VICTIM: 25-year-old Lebanese man Ilyas Vardini
Club bouncer and mother-of-one Hatice Koc'un was among the 39 people who were gunned down in Istanbul. Turkish law requires a female guard  be present to search women clubbers
Club bouncer and mother-of-one Hatice Koc’un was among the 39 people who were gunned down in Istanbul. Turkish law requires a female guard be present to search women clubbers

And as the world mourns, grieving friends and relatives are coming to terms as they bury their dead.

Relatives and friends mourn at the coffin during the funeral of Ayhan Arik, one of the victims of the attack on the Reina, a popular night club near the Bosphorus river in Istanbul. Photo by Sedat Suna/European Pressphoto Agency
Relatives and friends mourn at the coffin during the funeral of Ayhan Arik, one of the victims of the attack on the Reina, a popular night club near the Bosphorus river in Istanbul. Photo by Sedat Suna/European Pressphoto Agency
Tearful relatives of Fatih Cakmak, a security guard and a victim of the attack, break down during his funeral in Istanbul
Tearful relatives of Fatih Cakmak, a security guard and a victim of the attack, break down during his funeral in Istanbul
Mourners huddled together at the funeral of Busra Kose, another victim of the nightclub attack.
Mourners huddled together at the funeral of Busra Kose, another victim of the nightclub attack.

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