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India mourns victims of Turkey massacre including Bollywood director and fashion designer

  • Gunman massacred 39 people and injured dozens more in Istanbul club attack
  • Authorities have named all but one of the victims of the New Year’s Eve atrocity
  • The dead include a Bollywood director and a young fashion designer from India 
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility saying its ‘soldier’ carried out the mass shooting

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Jake Wallis Simons, Associate Global Editor In Istanbul For Mailonline


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10:55 EST, 2 January 2017

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18:59 EST, 2 January 2017

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Heartbreaking new images have emerged of revellers gunned down by an ISIS fanatic in an exclusive Istanbul nightclub as they celebrated the New Year.

Victims of the slaughter included a young Indian fashion designer, a Bollywood director and the daughter of a prominent Lebanese businessman.

As grieving relatives arrived in Turkey to take away their dead, just one of the 39 bodies remained unidentified this morning after police worked through the night with families of the deceased.

Among the dead at the Reina nightclub was the venue’s head of security and a bus driver who unwittingly drove a group of partygoers to their deaths.

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Heartbreaking new images have emerged of revellers gunned down by an ISIS fanatic in an exclusive Istanbul nightclub as they celebrated New Year's Turkish. One of the victims was young fashion designer from India called Khushi Shah
Heartbreaking new images have emerged of revellers gunned down by an ISIS fanatic in an exclusive Istanbul nightclub as they celebrated New Year's Turkish. One of the victims was young fashion designer from India called Khushi Shah

Heartbreaking new images have emerged of revellers gunned down by an ISIS fanatic in an exclusive Istanbul nightclub as they celebrated New Year’s Turkish. One of the victims was young fashion designer from India called Khushi Shah

Khushi Shah, a fashion designer in her 20s from Vadodara, India, was on a business trip in Istanbul when she was gunned down during the terror attack
Khushi Shah, a fashion designer in her 20s from Vadodara, India, was on a business trip in Istanbul when she was gunned down during the terror attack

Khushi Shah, a fashion designer in her 20s from Vadodara, India, was on a business trip in Istanbul when she was gunned down during the terror attack
Khushi Shah, a fashion designer in her 20s from Vadodara, India, was on a business trip in Istanbul when she was gunned down during the terror attack

Khushi Shah, a fashion designer in her 20s from Vadodara, India, was on a business trip in Istanbul when she was gunned down during the terror attack

Among the dead were Abis Rizvi, 49, a Mumbai Bollywood producer who was in the midst of making his second film
Among the dead were Abis Rizvi, 49, a Mumbai Bollywood producer who was in the midst of making his second film

Among the dead were Abis Rizvi, 49, a Mumbai Bollywood producer who was in the midst of making his second film

One of the Istanbul attacker's victims was Rita Sami (pictured), 26, daughter of Ilyas Schami, a prominent Lebanese businessman. She was pictured on social media wearing flowers in her hair
One of the Istanbul attacker's victims was Rita Sami (pictured), 26, daughter of Ilyas Schami, a prominent Lebanese businessman. She was pictured on social media wearing flowers in her hair

One of the Istanbul attacker’s victims was Rita Sami (pictured), 26, daughter of Ilyas Schami, a prominent Lebanese businessman. She was pictured on social media wearing flowers in her hair

Lebanese banker Heykel Müsellim (pictured) was a victim of the attack. He was identified using a DNA sample from one of his relatives
Lebanese banker Heykel Müsellim (pictured) was a victim of the attack. He was identified using a DNA sample from one of his relatives

Lebanese banker Heykel Müsellim (pictured) was a victim of the attack. He was identified using a DNA sample from one of his relatives

A Canadian mom-of-two, a female security guard, an Arab-Israeli student and a Lebanese banker were also among the victims.

It comes as ISIS claimed one of its ‘soldiers’ carried out the atrocity and as Turkish police moved in on two locations near Istanbul in the hunt for the lone attacker. 

Mom-of-two Alaa Al-Muhandis also died in the attack
Mom-of-two Alaa Al-Muhandis also died in the attack

Al-Muhandis was from Milton, Ontario
Al-Muhandis was from Milton, Ontario

Canadian mom-of-two Alaa Al-Muhandis, from Milton, Ontario, also died in the attack

Among the dead were Abis Rizvi, 49, a Mumbai Bollywood producer who was in the midst of making his second film, and Khushi Shah, a fashion designer in her 20s from Vadodara, a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. 

The Indian government said it was making arrangements to help the families as they come to Turkey to collect the bodies.

Shah’s family was said to be in ‘total shock’ today after revealing she had been in the city on business.

Mother-of-one Hatice Koc'un is among the 39 people who were gunned down in Istanbul
Mother-of-one Hatice Koc'un is among the 39 people who were gunned down in Istanbul

Turkish law requires a female guard  be present to search women clubbers
Turkish law requires a female guard  be present to search women clubbers

Club bouncer and mother-of-one Hatice Koc’un was among the 39 people who were gunned down in Istanbul. Turkish law requires a female guard  be present to search women clubbers

Also named as a victim of the ISIS atrocity was 25-year-old Lebanese man Ilyas Vardini (pictured)
Also named as a victim of the ISIS atrocity was 25-year-old Lebanese man Ilyas Vardini (pictured)

Also named as a victim of the ISIS atrocity was 25-year-old Lebanese man Ilyas Vardini (pictured)

Leanne Nasser was on holiday with three female friends, all from the Arab-majority village of Tira in northern Israel, when she was killed
Leanne Nasser was on holiday with three female friends, all from the Arab-majority village of Tira in northern Israel, when she was killed

Leanne Nasser was on holiday with three female friends, all from the Arab-majority village of Tira in northern Israel, when she was killed

Rizvi, a 49-year-old builder, wrote, produced and directed a Bollywood movie ‘Roar: The Tigers of Sunderbans,’ in 2014 aimed at spreading awareness about tigers.

Today Turkish media reported that the gunman took a taxi to the venue, but got out of the cab due to traffic and walked the last four minutes to the scene.

In just five-and-a-half minutes, the killer used six magazines, totalling 120 bullets, to massacre his unarmed victims, Turkish media reported.

A local security specialist, Abdullah Agar, also said that CCTV footage of the attacker appeared to suggest that he had an old injury to his foot.

Among the first to be killed were the club’s head of security, Fatih Cakmak, 35, who was shot dead on the steps of the venue. He had already had a brush with death last month, when he was working at Istanbul’s Vodafone Arena as it was hit by a major bomb attack.

Ayhan Arik, who drove the bus that carried some of the victims to the club, was also killed in front of the entrance. He had two sons, and has already been laid to rest at a ceremony attended by his friends and family, at which his wife was reportedly so distressed that she was unable to stand.

Also gunned down was police officer Burak Yildiz
Also gunned down was police officer Burak Yildiz

He had been guarding the front of the upmarket riverside club
He had been guarding the front of the upmarket riverside club

Also gunned down was police officer Burak Yildiz, who had been guarding the front of the upmarket riverside club

Club worker Kenan Kutluk (right) has been named as a victim. His Facebook page shows him posing next to footballer Diego Costa
Club worker Kenan Kutluk (right) has been named as a victim. His Facebook page shows him posing next to footballer Diego Costa

Club worker Kenan Kutluk (right) has been named as a victim. His Facebook page shows him posing next to footballer Diego Costa

Fatih Çakmak, a policeman who was on duty at the nightclub during the New Year celebrations, was also killed 
Fatih Çakmak, a policeman who was on duty at the nightclub during the New Year celebrations, was also killed 

Fatih Çakmak, a policeman who was on duty at the nightclub during the New Year celebrations, was also killed 

Female security guard Hatice Karcilar also lost her life in the atrocity. The mother of a three-year-old child had also reportedly survived last month’s bombing attack, and had posted pictures of herself on social media kissing the Turkish flag. She will be buried later today.

As the killer made his way inside the club, he fired indiscriminately as he reportedly screamed ‘Allahu Akhbar’, gunning down Rita Sami, 26, daughter of Ilyas Schami, a prominent Lebanese businessman. She was pictured on social media wearing flowers in her hair.

Also killed was police officer Burak Yildiz, 21, from Mersin in southern Turkey, who graduated from the police academy 18 months ago and had recently suffered the loss of his father.

Canadian mom-of-two Alaa Al-Muhandis, from Milton, Ontario was also killed. 

Neighbors and acquaintances of Al-Muhandis described her as a radiant young mother of two children, according to a report in the Globe and Mail.

Shortly before his death, he had posted on Facebook in sympathy for his young colleagues killed in previous terror attacks, saying, ‘your bravery is not matched by your age’, and ‘your loss leaves a fire in our hearts’, according to Turkish media.

Mourners packed out a funeral for Yunus Gormek who was killed in the gun attack on the Reina night club in Istanbul
Mourners packed out a funeral for Yunus Gormek who was killed in the gun attack on the Reina night club in Istanbul

Mourners packed out a funeral for Yunus Gormek who was killed in the gun attack on the Reina night club in Istanbul

Grieving relatives broke down in tears as they attended funerals for some of those killed
Grieving relatives broke down in tears as they attended funerals for some of those killed

Grieving relatives broke down in tears as they attended funerals for some of those killed

A man lays flowers front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, one day after a gunman killed 39 people there
A man lays flowers front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, one day after a gunman killed 39 people there

A man lays flowers front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, one day after a gunman killed 39 people there

Flowers and a Turkish flag are placed near the entrance of Reina nightclub this afternoon
Flowers and a Turkish flag are placed near the entrance of Reina nightclub this afternoon

Flowers and a Turkish flag are placed near the entrance of Reina nightclub this afternoon

The news was broken to the family by the chief of Mersin police, Mehmet Sahne, Turkish media reported, and his mother broke down when she received the news, having to be supported by health workers. A Turkish flag was put up in front of his house.

Israeli Arab student Leanne Nasser, 19, who was on holiday in Turkey with three of her friends for the New Year, also lost her life in the shooting. One of her friends was injured while the other two were traumatised but physically unharmed, Israeli officials told MailOnline.

‘Their friends told them not to come because they thought it was too dangerous,’ said Shira Ben Zion, Israel’s deputy consul in Istanbul. The survivors returned to Israel last night.

Also killed were waiter Kenan Kutluk, who was married with two children, and Lebanese banker Heykel Müsellim, 39, was identified using a DNA sample from one of his relatives. His body will be released in the coming days.

Mustafa Sezgin Seymen was shot dead in front of his fiancé, Turkish media reported.

While police have released several images of a suspect, they do not have yet have a name
While police have released several images of a suspect, they do not have yet have a name

CCTV, believed to be from inside the club, shows a gunman wearing hat
CCTV, believed to be from inside the club, shows a gunman wearing hat

Police have released several images of a suspect, they do not have yet have a name. CCTV, believed to be from inside the club, shows the gunman wearing hat

Investigation: Police released these photos of the suspected killer as they launched a manhunt
Investigation: Police released these photos of the suspected killer as they launched a manhunt

Investigation: Police released these photos of the suspected killer as they launched a manhunt
Investigation: Police released these photos of the suspected killer as they launched a manhunt

Investigation: Police released these photos of the suspected killer as they launched a manhunt

Financial adviser Mustafa Kaya was also among the dead, and his body was taken to his hometown of Kastamonu. Also named were security guard Yunus Görmek, Lebanese Ilyas Vardini, 25, Mesut Gürbüz, 28, a Turkish tourism representative working in Germany, and Iraqi university student Jalal Abbas.

Bodies of the 13 Turkish victims have been released to their families for burial after the conclusion of autopsy and identification procedures.

The dead also included 25 foreign nationals from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Tunisia, India, Morocco, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Canada, Israel, Syria and Russia.

Efforts are being made to identify the final body.  

 

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