Incident Summary:

01/01/2017: An assailant opened fire on civilians celebrating the new year outside Reina Nightclub in Ortakoy neighborhood, Istanbul, Turkey. At least 39 people were killed and 69 other people, including a United States citizen, were injured in the assault. The victims included a number of foreign tourists. The assailant, identified as Abdulgadir Masharipov, was arrested on January 17, 2017. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for Turkish airstrikes against ISIL.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ortakoy neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Reina Nightclub
Specific Description Nightclub
Nationality of Target Turkey
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An AK-47 assault rifle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Lebanese civilians Elias Wardini, Rita Shami, Haikal Musalam, Bushra El Douaihy, United States civilian William Jacob Raak, Turkish police officer Burak Yildiz, Turkish civilian Hatice Karcilar, Ayhan Arik, Lutfu Uyanik, and Israeli civilian Leanne Nasser. Other unnamed victims were from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 39 Fatalities / 69 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 39
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 69
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Istanbul nightclub shooting suspect confesses, governor says," CNN, January 17, 2017.
"Islamic State claims responsibility for Istanbul nightclub attack," Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2017.
"Manhunt For Shooter After 39 Killed In Istanbul Nightclub Attack," Radio Free Europe, January 1, 2017.