Far from the horrors of 2016, the evening of the new year should be synonymous with celebration and relief for Istanbulites. But ten minutes after his arrival at Reina, the most trendy clubs of Istanbul, Sefa Boydas fleeing from the chaos and death sown by a shooter dressed as santa Claus. “Just when we were in the process of moving near the entrance, there was a lot of dust and smoke. Gunfire erupted, told theAgence France-Presse this professional footballer who plays for the modest team of istanbul Beylerbeyi.
It is 1: 15 a.m. Sunday, a man just opened fire on hundreds of people celebrating the new year in the nightclub, after having shot a police officer and a civilian in front of the entrance. According to officials, 39 people have been killed, including at least 16 foreigners. “There’s probably more than that, because when I went on, people stalled to other people “, describes Sefa Boydas, who had visited the Reina with two friends. The scene as he narrates reflects the panic that has taken hold of the party-goers, many of whom have been plunged into the Bosphorus to escape from the bullets deadly. “On hearing these noises, many women have fainted,” he said. This is the case of one of her friends. “I’ve taken it on my back and I started to run immediately. “
“We suspected all “
“I don’t know how I managed to escape,” he said. “In these moments, we do not expect. It was pulling to the left, then it was dark to the right. “”About 50 people are believed to have fled in this way,” he says, visibly in shock. Soon after the shooting, the police arrive. “They arrived very quickly, but they have not been able to take control of the situation immediately, they did not know who was [the shooter]. We suspect them all, ” he said. The authorities have referred to a ” terrorist “, but several Turkish media have referred to “at least one” shooter disguised as Father Christmas. According to the Turkish minister of the Interior Süleyman Soylu, “the terrorist” is still being sought.
Ironically, the footballer said that initially he did not want to go to the Reina, fearing ” a fight, something, a bomb “. The Turkey was hit last year by several attacks, several of which have targeted places frequented by tourists, such as this nightclub. “It can’t happen in a place like Reina !” she said to a friend. He allows himself to be convince. But, he said, ” I had a hunch… I went there later, after the new year. This happened 10 minutes after my arrival. “