Thursday 20 July 2017

New Year's Eve nightclub attack 'involved intelligence organisation' - Turkish deputy PM

Flowers and pictures of victims continue to pile up outside the Reina nightclub
Flowers and pictures of victims continue to pile up outside the Reina nightclub

Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay

The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organisation, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

"It appears the Reina attack is not just a terrorist organisation's act, but there was also an intelligence organisation involved. It was an extremely planned and organised act," Kurtulmus said during an interview with broadcaster A Haber.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack in which 39 people were killed, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

Reuters

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