ISIS Claims Responsibility for Istanbul Nightclub Attack, Say Shooter Targeted Christians

screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-5-22-16-pmJihadist terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility Monday for the nightclub attack that left 39 people dead in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve.

The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq News Agency reported that the shooter was a “heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast.” They claim further that the as-of-yet unnamed shooter was acting on the orders of their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Turkey, the Islamist terrorist group complains, is a “servant of the cross.” As an ally of the United States, Turkey has been involved in anti-ISIS military operations.

ISIS’s claim of responsibility comes after they also claimed responsibility for a truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin in December. Investigators eventually turned up evidence indicating that the killer did indeed pledge allegiance to ISIS.

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