Victims in Istanbul New Year’s Attack Came From Across the World

These five people were among an estimated 39 victims killed early Sunday morning in a rampage by a gunman who entered a nightclub in Istanbul, on the shore of the Bosporus, and opened fire on a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Victims in Istanbul New Year’s Attack Came From Across the World

Abis Rizvi made a Bollywood action film about tigers. Leanne Nasser insisted on traveling from Israel, even though her father was worried about her safety. Haykal Mousallem, a fitness trainer, came from Lebanon with his wife to ring in the new year. Khushi Shah was a designer whose clothes were favored by Indian celebrities. Also there to celebrate was Nawras Assaf, who owned a lounge and bar in Jordan.

These five people were among an estimated 39 victims killed early Sunday morning in a rampage by a gunman who entered a nightclub in Istanbul, on the shore of the Bosporus, and opened fire on a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Even after a year in which Turkey was pounded by a coup attempt, an assassination and multiple terrorist attacks, the Reina nightclub was still a buzzing oasis, frequented by Turks and foreigners, many of them from the Middle East or South Asia.

The patrons ranged widely in nationality and religion. What they tended to share was a zest for looking good and having fun, and the ability to afford an expensive evening on the town.

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At least two dozen of the people killed were said to be foreigners. Most of the victims were from countries with Muslim-majority populations.

According to news reports and government statements, the dead included citizens of Belgium, Canada, France, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

Partly because of restrictions on news coverage, little information about the Turkish victims of the attack was immediately available on Sunday, although a young police officer and a travel agent were said to be among those killed.

The Tunisian foreign ministry said that one Tunisian and a French-Tunisian had been killed in the attacks. The Associated Press, citing Tunisia’s ambassador to France, said the victims were a husband and wife, Mohamed Azzabi and Senda Nakaa, who had a 5-month-old daughter.

Also among the dead were at least one German, who had dual German-Turkish nationality, and another Turkish resident of Germany, though it was unclear if the person had a German passport, The A.P. said.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada confirmed that a Canadian woman had died in the attacks.

“We also grieve the senseless loss of a Canadian citizen and remain steadfast in our determination to work with allies and partners to fight terrorism and hold perpetrators to account,” he said.

The mayor of Milton, Ontario, said in a Twitter post that Alaa Al-Muhandis, a resident of the town, had been killed in the attack. The mother of two, whose LinkedIn account said she was an event planner and office administrator for a local car dealership, had been visiting a sick friend in Jordan before traveling to Istanbul for New Year’s.

The A.P. reported that Ali Akyil, the father of a Belgian victim, had arrived in Istanbul to collect the body of his son, 23. Citing the state-run Anadolu news agency, the news agency said that the young man was from a Turkish family and had gone to Istanbul to celebrate the New Year.

Nurana Gasanova, 28, a Russian citizen, also died in the attack, an official from the Russian consulate in Istanbul told RBC, a news website. Her body will be transferred to Azerbaijan, where she lived recently.

The death of Mr. Rizvi, the Bollywood producer, was confirmed by Sushma Swaraj, the foreign minister of India, who said she was arranging for his family to go to Turkey.

Mr. Rizvi came from a prominent real estate family based in Mumbai; his father, Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, is a former member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament. A younger brother of Abis Rizvi died of cancer in 2009, a cousin, Rashid Rizvi, said in a phone interview.


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