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Local reports this evening state that a tragic incident has occurred in an upmarket Turkish nightclub, where a huge New Year's bash was marking the end of 2016.

It is believed that two men dressed in Santa outfits opened fire on revellers, killing and injuring dozens. The most recent information coming live from the scene reports that 35 people are dead. At least one of the dead is a police officer.

CNN Turk reports that at least one attacker is still at large outside the Istanbul venue. The BBC reports that after the shooting, the killer shouted the murder was in revenge for Russian involvement in the conflict in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Ambulances and police forces are there now in the popular Ortakoy district of the city. The attack happened at 00.30 local time (11.30 Irish time).

Up to 30 people have been wounded in the attack, NTV is reporting.

And close-to 700 people would have been at the club – one of the city's most high-profile spots – at the time.

In March also in Turkey, 37 people died in a bombing at a bus stop in Ankara. Meanwhile in June, a suicide bombing at Istanbul airport killed 45 people.  

The hashtag #PrayForIstanbul had in the aftermath of the killings begun trending on social media outlets.

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Just after 8pm GMT last night, three bombs were detonated in the arrivals hall of Istanbul's Ataturk airport.

According to multiple news reports, three suicide bombers began firing on the crowds outside Europe's third busiest airport, before blowing themselves up.

ISIS are expected to be responsible for these heinous attacks, although there has been no confirmation of this as of yet.  

Up to 36 people are expected to be dead, along with over 150 injured, most of whom are Turkish natives. 

Paul Roos, a South African native was present during the attacks. Mr Roos,77, recalls seeing one of the attackers 'randomly shooting' in the departures hall. 

The witness went on to state that "he was just firing at anyone coming in front of him.He was wearing all black. His face was not masked. I was 50 metres away from him."

This attack on Ataturk airport is one of the deadliest in a series of terrorist attacks to hit Turkey, who are struggling to contain the conflict in their neighbouring country of Syria.

Turkey has been faced with a number of violent attacks this year, which included two suicide bomb attacks in busy tourist areas of Istanbul. 

In a statement, Turkey's President  Tayyip Erdogan said "The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values."

"The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world" he went on to say.

Turkish Airlines are the official partners of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament, currently being held in France. 

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Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this attack. 

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Beset by an angry mob and being beaten by sticks, one man captured on camera fighting off his assailants in Istanbul has been widely praised online. 

And the individual in question has been identified on social media and by Turkish media as Irish citizen, Mohammed Fadel Dobbous.

Indeed, Kuwait-born Mohammed – furthermore described as a professional boxer – is being heralded as something of a hero for standing up to the mob of local shopkeepers.

He had been at a market in Istanbul's Aksaray neighbourhood and was seemingly looking for a bottle of water.

Upon opening the fridge door in one establishment, he sent dozens of bottles flying to the ground – something which evidently greatly irked the stick-wielding shop owner. 

A large group of fellow proprietors then came to defend their colleague, some carrying sticks or stools.

However, footage of the incident, which is believed to have occurred at the beginning of this month, shows the besieged man defying unfavourable odds by taking the attackers on one by one.

Even when Mr Dobbous has a stool thrown over him and one shopkeeper hits him repeatedly with a stick, he hardly seems to flinch. 

A spokesman for the Boxing Union Of Ireland told Mirror Online today that "there is no licensed boxer," by the name Mohammed Fadel Dobbous registered with them. The Irish Amateur Boxing Association has said it is currently looking into the matter.

The widespread support for the Irishman follows a series of crimes by shopkeepers in Turkey.

In July, a shopkeeper in Izmir, a location popular with European tourists, was accused of beating a Syrian child.

And in February a journalist was stabbed to death by a shopkeeper after he threw a snowball at a window during a playful snowball fight.

 

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