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Reports: IS believed to be behind Istanbul nightclub attack

/ 03:41 PM January 02, 2017
Turkey, New Year, Attack

Medics and security officials work at the scene after an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Turkey’s state-run news agency said an armed assailant has opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations. AP

ISTANBUL — Turkish media reports say that authorities believe that the Islamic State group is behind the attack on a popular Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations.

Hurriyet and Karar newspaper reports Monday cited unnamed security officials saying that authorities have determined that the gunman who killed 39 people comes from a Central Asian nation and is believed to be either from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan.

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Police had also established similarities with the high-casualty attack at Ataturk Airport in June and was investigating whether the same IS cell carried out both attacks.

The gunman, who is still at large, killed a policeman and another man outside the Reina club in the early hours of 2017 before firing at people partying inside.

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Nearly two-thirds of the dead were foreigners, many from the Middle East.

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