Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017
In the unfortunate attack at a nightclub on New Year’s Day in Istanbul this year which claimed 39 lives, the former U.S. President Barack Obama offered his condolences to Turkey’s President. Turkey’s state-run news agency has said that the police have detained 8 people in connection to the Istanbul nightclub attack.
The gunman who carried out the attack has, however, escaped police. The Turkish President told President Obama that their countries need to stand united for curbing terrorism. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 31 shooting at Istanbul’s Reina nightclub. Obama also expressed his sorrow over a Dec 17 attack on off-duty Turkish soldiers in the central province of Kayseri that killed 13 troops.
Hundreds of people attended emotional funerals for the victims on Tuesday. An hour of national mourning for the victims was announced by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Four Lebanese were also wounded in the New Year’s attack. The Turkish tourism industry professionals marched to the nightclub where the New Year revelers were shot in a bid to show solidarity and to protest against the heino.
us attacks. About 200 people, including restaurateurs, hotel owners and gastronomy students, took part in the protest, marching behind a large banner that read: “We won’t be daunted! For our tomorrows.” Turkey’s tourism industry has suffered enormously after a series of deadly attacks in the country.