A manhunt is on in Turkey for an assailant in a Santa hat who unleashed a salvo of bullets in a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations Sunday, killing at least 39 people.
A tit for tat erupted on Sunday as the government denied the attacker was in costume, despite video evidence.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Sunday: “There is no truth to this. He is an armed terrorist as we know it.
It should be no surprise to anyone that the Islamic terrorist in Turkey chose a Western symbol associated with a Christian religious holiday for his murderous spree. In Turkey, many ordinary Muslims are intolerant of western religious holidays and traditions and some are violently hostile towards them.