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