ISIS Claims Responsibility for the Reina Nightclub Shooting in Istanbul

Published On:January 3, 2017, 1:42 pm

ISIS Claims Responsibility for the Reina Nightclub Shooting in IstanbulOn Monday the Islamic State-group took responsibility for the New Year’s attack in Turkey at an Istanbul nightclub named Reina, which killed 39 people and wounded many others. The IS-linked Amaq News Agency stated that the attack was carried by a "heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast."

The news agency said that the gunman opened fire from an automatic rifle in “revenge for God’s religion and in response to the orders” given by the IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The group described Turkey as the “the servant of the cross.”

The Turkish officials are still searching for the gunman, are still looking for the gunman, who killed a police officer who was on guard the Reina nightclub prior continuing a shooting rampage with a rapid-fire rifle, however the local media has reported that around eight suspects have been detained in connection with the attack.

Later on Monday, the authorities released two suspects’ photographs which were captured by the CCTV cameras, which showed a dark-haired man in a dark winter coat. Numan Kurtulmus who is the government’s spokesperson stated at a news conference that investigators strongly believed that they had found the attacker’s fingerprints and were very close to identifying him.

Mr. Kurtulmus did not really mention that the Islamic State, however he said that Turkish government will be pressing fight against terrorism. By referring to the attack, he said, “The fact that it was done during the first minutes of 2017 gives an important message. The message is, ‘We will go on to menace Turkey in 2017.’ And we say to them, we will break into your caves wherever you are.”

The Islamic State affirmed that the attack had been carried out “in continuation of the blessed operations that the Islamic State is conducting against Turkey, the protector of the cross.”

The statement from the Islamic State, which is also termed as ISIS or ISIL said that, “A hero soldier of the caliphate attacked one of the most famous nightclubs, where Christians celebrated their pagan holiday,” “They used hand grenades and a machine gun and transformed their celebration to mourning.”

The statement warned with reference to the Turkey’s role in the conflict in Syria that, “the government of Turkey should know that the blood of Muslims, which it is targeting with its planes and its guns, will cause a fire in its home by God’s will.”

However the stamen did not name the attacker and neither was it clear that the Islamic State had actually organized the attack or had just provoked the gunman. The shooting took place a few days after a pro-Islamic State group, the Nashir Media Foundation, issued in a series of messages calling out for attacks on clubs, movie theaters and markets.

The news agency has reported that 38 out of the 39 people who were killed in the massacre on Sunday have been identified. Also, at least two dozen of individuals were said to be foreigners.

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