2017 Istanbul nightclub attack

2017 Istanbul nightclub attack
Part of the Turkey–ISIL conflict
Reina restaurant Istanbul.JPG
The Reina nightclub in Istanbul in 2012
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates 41°03′00″N 29°01′57″E / 41.049922°N 29.03262°E / 41°03′00″N 29°01′57″E / 41.049922; 29.03262
Date 1 January 2017 (2017-01-01)
01:15 ( FET)
Target Patrons at Reina nightclub
Attack type
Mass shooting, Islamic terrorism
Weapons AK-47
Deaths 39
Non-fatal injuries
70
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Suspected perpetrator
Abdulkadir Masharipov

A mass shooting occurred at a nightclub in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on 1 January 2017. The attack occurred at about 01:15 FET ( UTC+3) at the Reina nightclub in Ortaköy, where hundreds of people were celebrating the New Year. At least 39 people were killed and at least 70 were injured in the incident. The suspected gunman, Abdulgadir Masharipov, was arrested on January 17, 2017.

Background

Since the summer of 2016, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been under pressure with notable territorial losses due to three parallel offensives: the Turkish-FSA Western al-Bab offensive and Battle of al-Bab, the Kurdish Northern Raqqa offensive, and the Iraqi Battle of Mosul in Iraq. The Turkish military intervention in Syria has been the first frontal opposition between ISIL and the Turkish army, heating up tensions.

Before the incident, there were heightened security measures in the city, with 17,000 police officers on duty, [1] following several terrorist attacks in the area, [2] such as the attack on the Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 28 June 2016 which killed 48 people, and a bombing at the Vodafone Arena on 10 December 2016 which killed 46.

According to Reina's owner, security measures at the nightclub had been increased over the previous ten days after American intelligence officials warned about an attack over the holidays. [3] The US embassy later denied that it had prior intelligence, dismissing such claims as "rumours on social media". [4] [5]