Turkey in Trouble: IS Claims Responsibility of the Reina Night Club Terror Attack


Syria might be in the doldrums as a bloody civil war continues to ravage the land, but its terror issues are spilling over into Turkey, as the recent New Year Shooting incident at Reina Nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey showed.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terror attack in a statement issued by the group on Twitter claiming that it was one of their “Heroic soldiers” who carried out the inhumane attack just an hour into the New Year.
At least 39 people were killed in the incident at one of the most upscale nightclubs in Istanbul. The assailant arrived at the scene by taxi and then took out a gun out of the same car’s boot before proceeding into the club and starting to fire indiscriminately. The guard at the entrance and another person were killed instantly; while a further 180 rounds were fired by him once inside.
But the most problematic issue here is IS’s referral to Turkey’s continued involvement in the Syrian conflict as the reason behind the attack.
“In continuation of the blessed operations which ISIS carries out against Turkey, a soldier of the brave caliphate attacked one of the most popular nightclubs while Christians were celebrating their holiday,” said a statement issued by IS on twitter.
Turkey has been a hotbed of terrorism in the past year with more and more aggressive incidents being reported which included the high-profile killing of a Russian ambassador and the shooter screamed that this was for Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Russia remains a key country along with Turkey in the Syrian scenario where President Bashar al Assad’s forces are busy fighting rebel forces in a bloody conflict. Peace talks in Syria have been led by Turkey and it has also seen a minor military involvement there as well.
The shooter involved in the Reina Nightclub incident is yet to be caught and the police are searching the city for his whereabouts. 8 arrests have been made in this regard but the issue seems to be emanating from across the border.