Two Indians are among those killed in an attack on revellers celebrating the New Year in Turkey, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday.
The victims were identified as Abis Hasn Rizvi, the son of former Rajya Sabha MP and noted Mumbai builder Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, and Khushi Shah from Gujarat.
Abis was the CEO of Rizvi Builders and had produced a number of films, including the 2014 movie ‘Roar: The Tigers of the Sundarbans.
I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 1, 2017
The foreign minister said she had spoken to the victims’ families and was helping them to get visas.
She also posted that she had asked the Indian Ambassador to Turkey, Rahul Kulshreshth, to receive the families at the airport and make necessary arrangements.
I have just spoken to Mr.Akhtar Hassan Rizvi father of Abis Rizvi. He and Mrs Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We r organising their Visa.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 1, 2017
I have also spoken to Shri Ashok Shah father of Ms.Khushi Shah and conveyed our condolences.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 1, 2017
An assailant in a Santa Claus hat unleashed a salvo of bullets in the crowded Reina nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 39 people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences after the attack.
“Heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey on the tragic loss of lives in Istanbul,” he tweeted.
Fifteen foreigners were among the fatalities, including the Indians. Close to 70 others were injured in what authorities described as a terror attack. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the nightclub horror.
Turkish interior minister Suleyman Soylu said the attacker had escaped, even as security forces launched a massive manhunt.
(With inputs from agencies)