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Bomb attack in Istanbul : the hunt for the killer continues

The group islamic State (EI) has claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing of a discotheque in Istanbul, which has been 39 deaths in the night of the new year and of which the author is always stalked by the Turkish authorities, who have announced eight arrests. In a statement posted on the social networks, the AR indicates that,” one of the soldiers of the caliphate ” has led the attack on the Reina, a nightclub in the posh of the Turkish metropolis, which has made many foreign victims, most of them from arab countries. This is the first time that the EI claims directly to a terrorist attack in Turkey, but several attacks against tourists, particularly in Istanbul, have already been granted by the authorities.

The author of the attack, which sowed death at the Reina pulling randomly out of the hundreds of people who celebrated the new year, is still at large and actively being sought. “Data relating to fingerprints and appearance” of the killer have been obtained, said the government spokesperson, Numan Kurtulmus, citing a ” investigation difficult “. “We’re going to quickly enter into the process of identification “, he added. Teams of the anti-terrorist police in Istanbul have arrested and placed in custody on Monday eight people in the framework of the investigation on this attack.

The attack of the new year comes at a time when the Turkish army tent, at the price of heavy losses, to regain the city of Al-Bab, a stronghold of the ARS in the north of Syria , where Ankara is conducting an offensive against the jihadists but also the militias the kurds. In its press release, the AR accuses Turkey, a country populated mainly by muslims, to be allied with the christians, presumably in reference to the coalition’s international anti-jihadist-led by Washington and that is part of Ankara. “We will continue to conduct our operations abroad with determination “, said on Monday Numan Kurtulmus, following a council of ministers chaired by the head of State Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which has not publicly expressed since the attack.

At close range

The bombing at Reina marks a beginning 2017 bloody for Turkey, already shaken by 2016 with an attempted coup and a wave of deadly attacks linked to the jihadists or to the kurd rebellion. At 1: 15 a.m. Sunday (22: 15 GMT Saturday), a man armed with an assault rifle popped up in front of the nightclub located on the shores of the Bosphorus, on the european side of Istanbul, killing two people at the front entrance to get inside and cause death. According to the Turkish media, the assailant has fired between 120 and 180 bullets during the attack, before you change clothes and escape. Several of the victims were killed with a bullet in the head at close range, according to the Turkish media, citing autopsy reports.

Infographic of the terrorist attack in Istanbul © AFP

“I think back to those moments, I just can’t seem to erase from my memory. People panicked, the blood, the noise of fire “, told theAFP a survivor of the franco-Turkish, Yusuf Kodat. “The danger persists,” wrote Monday columnist Abdulkadir Selvi in the daily Hürriyet. “As long as this terrorist will not be stopped, we will not know where and when a massacre could take place. “This attack occurred despite a massive deployment of police forces in Istanbul, a sprawling city hit by numerous bomb attacks during the past year. According to Hürriyet, the investigators believe that the assailant could be related to a cell that committed a triple suicide bombing at the Atatürk airport of Istanbul, which has been 47 deaths in June, which was charged to the reaction by the authorities.

27 foreigners killed

According to the latest figures from the media, twelve Turks have died in the attack on the Reina, which a Belgo-Turkish, and twenty-seven aliens. Among the foreigners killed, most of them from arab countries, are two Jordanians, three Iraqis and three Lebanese. A Franco-Tunisian, a Canadian, and a young Israeli also died. Hundreds of people attended Monday the funeral of Yunus Görmek, a Turkish 23-year-old who worked as a server at Reina to finance his studies, according to a photographer from AFP. This attack has sparked a wave of outrage in the world. Washington, Moscow, Paris and Berlin, as well as pope Francis have condemned. The general staff of turkey has indicated that had the turks and russians had bombed targets of the AR in the area of Al-Bab in the night of Sunday to Monday. The jihadists have repeatedly threatened to hit Turkey in retaliation to its operations in Syria.

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