Gunman kills 40 at Istanbul
Istanbul: At least 40 people, including many foreigners, were killed when a gunman dressed as Santa Claus entered a nightclub in Istanbul.
The attacker targetted revellers who were celebrating the New Year.
It was the latest carnage that rocked Turkey after a bloody 2016.
Officials said the attacker escaped and was now the target of a major manhunt.
Many revellers threw themselves into the water in panic and efforts were under way to rescue them.
Some reports said there were two gunmen dressed in Santa Claus outfits.
There has been no claim of responsibility.
The attack evoked memories of the November 2015 carnage in Paris where a gun and bombing rampage on nightspots killed 130 people.
Turkey is still reeling from a failed July coup blamed by the government on the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen that has been followed by a relentless purge of his alleged supporters from state institutions

Gunman kills 40 at Istanbul

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