At Least One US Citizen Injured in Nightclub Attack

Istanbul gunman still at large
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2017 3:28 PM CST
At Least One US Citizen Injured in Nightclub Attack
Candles are lit for the victims outside a nightclub which was attacked by a gunman overnight, in Istanbul, on New Year's Day, Sunday, Jan 1, 2017.   (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

At least one citizen is among the wounded in the Sunday terror attack that killed 39 and injured 70 at an Istanbul nightclub, Fox News and CNN report. Authorities are still searching for the gunman, who was dressed as Santa as he went on a shooting spree during New Year's Eve celebrations at the club around 1:15am local time. After the attack, the nightclub owner initially said "American intelligence" had issued a warning a week prior, but the US Embassy in Turkey has since denied that and the owner clarified that he simply meant US officials had issued a general warning to US citizens, reports.

"Contrary to rumors circulating on social media, the US Government had no information about threats to specific entertainment venues, including the Reina Club, and ‎the US Government did not warn Americans to stay away from specific venues or neighborhoods," reads the embassy's statement. (Read more Istanbul stories.)

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