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Islamic State claims responsibility for Istanbul attack that killed 39 people

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people on Sunday
By HT Correspondent | Agencies, Cairo
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2017 02:11 PM IST

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people on Sunday, the group said in a statement on Monday.

“In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the protector of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck one of the most famous nightclubs where the Christians celebrate their apostate holiday,” the statement said.

The attack came as the Turkish army wages a four-month incursion in Syria to oust IS jihadists and Kurdish militants from the border area, suffering increasing casualties.

Istanbul, Ankara and other Turkish cities were hit by a string of attacks in 2016 blamed on Kurdish militants and jihadists that left hundreds dead.

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