Turkish police have reportedly arrested eight people in connection with the gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people on New Year’s Eve, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the atrocity.
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The attack on the Reina nightclub in Turkey’s largest city on Saturday night killed partygoers from 12 different countries.
The gunman killed a police officer and another person to enter the club, and reportedly fired 180 bullets during the seven-minute attack.
Sixty-nine people were injured.
An Isis statement said the gunman had “struck one of the most famous nightclubs where the Christians celebrate their apostate holiday” and described Turkey as a “protector of the cross”.