ISIS Claims Responsibility for Istanbul Nightclub Shooting Spree

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"That such an atrocity could be perpetrated upon innocent revelers, many of whom were celebrating New Year's Eve, underscores the savagery of the attackers".

Describing Turkey as "the servant of the cross", the statement said the attack was carried out under the orders of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and suggested that it was a response to Ankara's military activities against IS. "We are determined to eradicate threats and attacks against our country at their source".

The Prime Minister's office has imposed a temporary blackout on coverage of the attack, citing public order and national security reasons.

ISIS has been blamed for at least half a dozen attacks on civilian targets in Turkey over the past 18 months.

A total of 16 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, and Turkish authorities are still on the hunt for the gunman who carried out the attack at the Reina nightclub. We thought that there were several of them because it just didn't stop.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that the Modi government was extending all help possible to the families of the two Indians, who were among the 39 killed in the attack.

Hurriyet newspaper said that a woman identified by Turkish media as the wife of the massacre suspect has told police she didn't know her husband was a Daesh member.

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"Information about the fingerprints and basic appearance of the terrorist have been found", Kurtulmus told reporters. He added that the shooting was "a massacre, a truly inhuman savagery".

"As the White House and our embassy indicated earlier today, we categorically condemn last night's terrorist attack", the United States statement continued.

Between 600 and 700 people are said to have been in the venue at the time of the attack. However, amid reporting restrictions imposed by Turkish authorities few details have been released and there have been conflicting reports over the gunman's identity.

The assailant was seen carrying a backpack and dressed in black as he shot down a police officer outside the nightclub.

"We are committed to continuing operations beyond the border to the point where there is no harm to Turkey from terrorist organisations", he said.

Some Turkish media reported that police suspect the gunman is 28-year-old Kyrgyz national Iakhe Mashrapov. Officials are working to determine how.

Turkish news agency IHA reported that, according to the taxi driver, the attacker got out of the vehicle in Ortakoy, about four minutes away from the nightclub. Turkey is the only country that is leading a fight.

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