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Istanbul New Year Party Attack | Filmmaker Abis Rizvi Among 39 Killed

Istanbul New Year Party Attack

  • Union minister Sushma Swaraj today tweeted that two Indians have died in the terror attack at a nightclub in Istanbul in which 39 people died and 65 others were wounded.
  • Since one of them, she said, was Abis Rizvi, the son of former lawmaker Akhtar Hasan Rizvi.
  • While the other has been identified as Khushi Shah, a resident of Gujarat.
  • Furthermore, Abis Rizvi, a noted real estate developer from Mumbai, had recently produced a Bollywood movie, Roar: The Tigers of Sundarbans.

Istanbul New Year Party Attack

  • The attack came during a New Year’s Eve party at a nightclub and the victims included at least 15 foreign nationals, a Turkish minister had said.
  • Also Two Lebanese and five Saudi nationals were also among those killed, authorities confirmed on Sunday.
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  • Ms Swaraj said she has spoken to Akhtar Hassan Rizvi, the father of Abis Rizvi.
  • “He and Mrs Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We r organising their Visa,” she tweeted. The Indian envoy in Turkey has been alerted and asked to “make all arrangements”.

Sushma Swaraj tweeted :

  • Around 700 people were at the Reina nightclub — one of the city’s most exclusive party spots — when two men dressed as Santa Claus entered around 1.15 am and started firing at random, reported the Dogan news agency. Even before entering, they had killed a policeman and a civilian at the gate.
  • The attackers managed to escape and a massive manhunt has been launched for them.
  • Among the deceased were three French nationals, two persons from Tunisia, three persons from Jordan and a woman from Israel.
  • Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people on Sunday, the group said in a statement.
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