Turkey: Istanbul’s sombre greeting to 2018 amid heavy security

1 января 2018 г. 11:44

Istanbul greeted the New Year under heavy police surveillance and cancelled public celebrations, one year after the terror attack which took 39 lives in the Reina nightclub. Istanbul’s central Istiklal Caddesi thoroughfare and Taksim Square were filled with people attending the New Year in a somewhat muted atmosphere. Public celebrations in several key Istanbul districts were cancelled for security reasons with 37,000 police officers and 4,000 Turkish gendarmerie on duty, more than double the usual daily deployment. Dozens of suspected so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants were detained in Turkey on Sunday, adding to hundreds arrested in recent days in the run-up to New Year's Eve celebrations. At least 39 people were killed and 79 people were injured when 34-year-old Uzbek citizen Abdulkadir Masharipov opened fire on revelers at the Reina nightclub in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2017.

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