Two Indians killed in Istanbul terror attack
By Vamsi Krishna N : 02-Jan-2017
2 terrorists attacked a nightclub in Istanbul with guns on the New Year’s Eve killing 39 people and 65 others were severely injured. Among the 39 killed in the terrorists attack were two Indians, namely, Abis Rizvi, son of former lawmaker Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, and the other was Khushi Shah from Gujarat.
According to a Turkish Minister, the victims of the terrorist attack at the nightclub in Istanbul included 15 foreign nationals. The authorities also confirmed that 2 Lebanese, 3 French nationals, 2 persons from Tunisia, 3 Jordanians, a woman from Israel, and 5 Saudi nationals.
Union Minister Sushma Swaral tweeted on Sunday that, “I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul.”
In another tweet, she also added that, “The victims are Mr.Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms.Khushi Shah from Gujarat.”
According to the media reports, Ms Swaraj has also tweeted that, “Akhtar Hassan Rizvi, the father of Abis Rizvi and his wife, Mrs Rizvi, also want to go to Istanbul. We are organising their Visa.”
She also said that, she has spoken to the Indian envoy in Turkey and asked them to make all arrangements for them.
Going into the incident details, the Reina nightclub is hosting the New Year’s Eve party in which about 700 people were present. According to Dogan news agency, two people dressed as Santa Claus carrying guns with them have entered the nightclub and started firing at the people randomly. Even at the gate, they have killed a police man and a civilian.
The CCTV footage of the nightclub showed several people, including men and women, rushing out of the nightclub, while some other threw themselves into Bosphorus in panic. After the gun shoot, both the terrorists have managed to escape from the place, and reportedly a massive manhunt is launched by the authorities.