Two Indians among 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub attack

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Two Indians were among the 39 people killed in the terror attack at a nightclub in Istanbul early on Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

“I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul,” Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet.

“The victims are Mr. Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms.Khushi Shah from Gujarat,” she added.

The Minister spoke with the bereaved families to express her condolences and oversaw the visa arrangements for their travel to Istanbul.

“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…I have also spoken to Shri Ashok Shah father of Ms.Khushi Shah and conveyed our condolences,” she said in another tweet.

She also asked the Indian Ambassador in Turkey Rahul Kulshreshth to receive families at the airport and make other arrangements.

At least 39 persons were killed and 69 injured as a sole gunman opened fire at people celebrating the New Year at a famous nightclub in Istanbul early on Sunday, authorities said, adding a manhunt has been launched for the gunman.

–IANS

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