Thirty nine people have lost their lives and 70 persons were injured after a gunman dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul.
The Ministry of External Affairs has said that two Indians have been killed in the mass shooting which occurred in Istanbul. Thirty nine people have lost their lives and 70 persons were injured after a gunman dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at nightclub during new year celebrations.
The attack has claimed the life of Abis Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, a renowned Builder and son of Former Rajya Sabha Member Akhtar Hasan Rizvi. Another Indian Khushi Shah also was killed in the attack. She hailed from Gujarat. Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu confirmed the toll and said the police were searching for the accused.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted, “I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul. The victims are Mr. Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms.Khushi Shah from Gujarat”.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that the Ambassador to Turkey is in touch with the authorities in Istanbul and with the family of victims.
Abis Rizvi is the CEO of Rizvi Builders and a well known director cum producer had recently launched a Bollywood movie Roar, which was also promoted by Salman Khan. He also played a prominent role in running Rizvi College located in Bandra. Our firm had felicitated Abis with the Newsmakers Achievers Award for the best builder in 2012. Akhtar Hasan who is a NCP leader also has lost his younger son four years ago.
According to Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin prior to entering Reina club the accused had killed a police in the Ortakoy area around 1.30 am local time. Soylu said 69 people, including 16 foreign nationals, were undergoing treatment in local hospitals.
“A terrorist with a long-range wea-pon…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,” Sahin said,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the Istanbul attack and took to his Twitter account and gave condolence to the Turkish government and the people of Turkey on the loss of lives. He further condemned the attack and said that India stands by Turkey in this time of grief.
He tweeted, “Heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey on the tragic loss of lives in Istanbul.”
There has been no claim of responsibility, but Erdogan linked the attacks to developments in the region where Turkey faces conflict across its frontier in Syria and Iraq. Some three million Syrian refugees currently live on Turkish soil.