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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Istanbul New Year Attack

The Islamic State terror group (ISIS) on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on a nightclub in the Turkish city of Istanbul that killed 39 people on New Year's Eve.

Alalam - Turkey

In a statement circulated on social media, ISIS terrorist group said one of the "soldiers of the caliphate" had carried out the attack on the Reina nightclub, AFP reports.

Turkish authorities believe that the gunman, who is still on the run after the attack, comes from the central Asian nations of Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan, the pro-government Karar and the mainstream Hurriyet newspapers reported, citing unnamed security sources.

Police had established similarities with the suicide bomb and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport in June and were investigating whether the same Isis cell could have carried out both attacks, Karar and Hurriyet reported.

The gunman, still at large, killed a police officer and another man outside the Reina club in the early hours of 2017 before entering and firing with an automatic rifle at an estimated 600 people inside.

Source: Al Alam News Network

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