Turkey nightclub shooting: Istanbul mourns victims as search continues

NB: In my opinion, the most significant passages in this article are these: Conservative clerics and media outlets have railed against the sinfulness of new year’s celebrations in recent days. Tabloid newspapers with deeply religious audiences ran headlines such as: “This is a last warning: do not celebrate” and: “Down with your civilisation” with images of party-goers next to images of deprivation in Syria, where nearly half a million people have been killed".. These lines point to the murderous attitudes of a section of civil society, supported by opportunists in state power. The 
fanatics are at war with ordinary life. Let it be noted, they have the support of elements in authority - DS

Istanbul is on high alert as the hunt for a gunman, who fled after killing 39 people at a nightclub on New Year’s Eve, continues. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed in a statement that Turkey would fight terrorism “till the end” following the attack at Reina in Istanbul’s upscale Ortakoy neighbourhood. “Turkey will stand together and not give passage to dirty games of terrorists,” he said. Mehmet Görmez, Turkey’s most senior Muslim cleric, condemned the attack as “savagery” and a “massacre that no Muslim conscience can accept”. There was condemnation from around the world as well as inside Turkey. The US State Department described the attack as “heinous” and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said it was “hard to imagine a more cynical crime”.

The attack came at the end of a year of terrorist incidents across Europe, including the driving of a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin earlier in December. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, sent her condolences to the victims of the Istanbul attack, saying “terrorists ... have carried out an inhumane and devious attack on people who wanted to celebrate the new year together”… read more

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