Attackers dressed in Santa Claus suits opened fire inside a packed Istanbul nightclub shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more, Turkish officials said.
Gov. Vasip Sahin of Istanbul Provincec called it a terrorist attack.
The attack occurred about 1:15 a.m. in the Reina nightclub, which was packed with as many as 600 people celebrating New Year’s when the attack occurred, officials said.
Governor Sahin said the attackers — initial reports said there were as many as three — fired on the police before heading inside the club.
“One person first kills the police officer outside, and then a civilian,” the governor said. “Inside he rained bullets brutally, mercilessly over innocent people who were there just to celebrate the new year and have fun.”
CNN in Turkey added this tweet:
— CNN Türk ENG (@CNNTURK_ENG) December 31, 2016
and this map of where the night club is located.