Istanbul Reina nightclub attack 'leaves 39 dead'
Jan.1, Istanbul: At least 39 people, including 16 foreigners, have lost their lives in an attack on a nightclub in Turkey, the interior minister has said.
Suleyman Soylu also revealed police were still hunting for the "terrorist" who carried out the Istanbul attack.
The city's governor Vasip Sahin earlier revealed one police officer had died in the attack, which took place in the Reina nightclub, in the Ortakoy area, at about 01:30 local time (22:30 GMT).
At least another 40 were injured.
The Turkish authorities have imposed a media blackout on coverage of the attack.
One attacker was involved, the governor said, while CNN Turk reported he was dressed in a Santa Claus costume.
"A terrorist with a long-range weapon ... brutally and savagely carried out this incident by firing bullets on innocent people who were there solely to celebrate the New Year and have fun," Mr Sahin told reporters at the scene of the upmarket Reina nightclub, which sits on the banks of Bosphorus in the city's European side.
The Oslo Times International News Network