Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Istanbul Attack: Reports

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Turkish nightclub that claimed the lives of at least 39 people and injured dozens, media reports said on Monday. In the early hours of New Year's Day, a lone attacker with a long-barreled weapon killed a police officer and another bystander before entering Reina, a club on the Bosporus, and opening fire on the crowd inside. A statement was distributed Nashir News, which publishes propaganda for Islamic State, which had been urging followers to target holiday celebrations in the run-up to the attack, The Wall Street Journal reported. Turkish authorities are still searching for the attacker.

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