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Istanbul nightclub attack: Gunman 'dressed as Santa' kills 39

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Shocking cowardly attack on the innocents! When will this monster be vanquished? Can this menace ever stop?

Istanbul nightclub attack: Gunman 'dressed as Santa' kills 39, including many foreigners, in Reina nightspot as hunt continues for attacker

First aid officers carry an injured woman at the site of an armed attack in Istanbul Credit: AFP
Chris Graham
1 January 2017 • 7:12am
  • Gunman 'dressed as Santa' opens fire in Istanbul nightclub
  • Interior Minister says at least 39 dead, including 16 foreigners
  • Hunt continues for the attacker
  • Witnesses describe panic in club
  • British tourists urged to be vigilant
A gunman reportedly dressed in a Santa costume killed at least 39 people, including 16 foreigners, at a famous nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's Eve celebrations.
Armed with a long-barrelled weapon, the attacker shot a police officer before storming the elite Reina club in the Ortakoy area of the city at about 1.45am.
"Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year's and have fun," Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said, describing the carnage as a "terror attack".
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the gunman was still at large. "The search for the terrorist continues... Our security forces have started the necessary operations. God willing he will be caught in a short period of time."
Raising the death toll to 39, Mr Soylu said that of 21 victims who had been identified so far, 16 were foreigners and five were Turks. Another 69 people were being treated in hospital for their wounds.
It is not known if any Britons were among the casualties.
Images of the gunman?

There were believed to be more than 500 people in the club at the time. Many party-goers threw themselves into the Bosphorus in panic after the attack and efforts were underway to rescue them from the waters, NTV television said.
The whereabouts of the attacker was still unknown and some reports suggested there were multiple attackers.
Some witnesses claimed the attackers were "speaking Arabic", according to Dogan news agency.
Surveillance footage appeared to show the gunman spraying bullets outside the club before entering. Another CCTV image is believed to show the attacker changing his jacket as he walks around inside the club.
As ambulances carried the wounded to hospitals, police in riot gear and machine guns backed up by armored vehicles blocked the area around the club.
New Year partygoers - including men in suits and women in cocktail dresses - were seen emerging from the nightclub in a state of shock.
'I had to lift several bodies'

"Before I could understand what was happening, my husband fell on top me," said Sinem Uyanik, who said she saw several bodies inside the Istanbul nightclub.
"I had to lift several bodies from on top of me before I could get out," she told the Associated Press.
Her husband Lutfu Uyanik was wounded in the attack but was not in serious condition.
Dozens of ambulances and police vehicles were dispatched to the club in Ortakoy, a neighbourhood on the city's European side nestled under one of three bridges crossing the Bosphorus and home to nightclubs, restaurants and art galleries.

"I didn't see who was shooting but heard the gun shots and people fled. Police moved in quickly," Sefa Boydas, a Turkish soccer player, wrote on Twitter.
"My girlfriend was wearing high heels. I lifted her and carried her out on my back," he said.
People appeared to be crushed as they ran away from the attacker.
"When I was walking, people were walking on top of people," said Boydas, who plays full time for Istanbul club Beylerbeyi SK.
He described the screams which he said drowned out anything said by the attackers.
"Even if there were shouting, you wouldn't hear because the crowd's screams were 100 times louder," a distressed Boydas told AFP.
Obama offers help

US President Barack Obama expressed condolences for the attack and directed his team to offer US help to Turkish authorities, the White House said.
"This afternoon the president was briefed by his national security team on the attack in Istanbul," Eric Schultz, White House spokesman, said.
"The president expressed condolences for the innocent lives lost, directed his team to offer appropriate assistance to the Turkish authorities, as necessary, and keep him updated as warranted."
Ned Price, White House National Security Council spokesman, said the US condemned the attack.
"That such an atrocity could be perpetrated upon innocent revelers, many of whom were celebrating New Year's Eve, underscores the savagery of the attackers," he said.
Mr Price added: "We reaffirm the support of the United States for Turkey, our Nato ally, in our shared determination to confront and defeat all forms of terrorism."
The nightclub is one of the most elite spots in the city, and getting inside past the bouncers who seek out only the best dressed is notoriously hard.
Reina's owner, Mehmet Kocarslan, said security measures had been taken over the past 10 days after US intelligence reports suggested a possible attack, the Hurriyet newspaper reported
"Tragic start to 2017 in Istanbul," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter.
British tourists warned

Turkish authorities have imposed a temporary blackout on coverage of the attack to prevent it spreading "fear in the public, panic and disorder".
NTV television said some of the wounded were foreign nationals, without citing their nationalities.
The British Foreign Office was attempting to find out whether any British nationals were injured in the attack.
"We are in touch with the local authorities following reports of an incident at a night club in Istanbul," a spokesman said.
The FCO said UK tourists travelling in Turkey should follow the advice of local authorities while remaining vigilant. The attack evoked memories of the November 2015 carnage in Paris when Islamic State jihadists went on a gun and bombing rampage on nightspots in the French capital, killing 130 people including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall.
From Sydney to Paris, Rio to London, security had been boosted over fears that the New Year festivities could present a target for violent extremists.
Turkey on alert

Security measures had already been heightened in major Turkish cities, with police barring traffic leading up to key squares in Istanbul and the capital Ankara.
In Istanbul, 17,000 police officers were put on duty, some camouflaged as Santa Clause and others as street vendors, Anadolu reported.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag vowed that Turkey would press ahead with its fight against violent groups.
"Turkey will continue its determined and effective combat to root out terror," Mr Bozdag said on Twitter.
Turkey has been on high alert after being the target of a number of recent attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and Kurdish extremist groups.
On December 10, 44 people were killed in a double bombing in Istanbul after a football match hosted by the top side Besiktas.
That attack, which targeted a police bus, was claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) seen as a radical offshoot of the PKK.
And in one of the most brazen strikes, an off-duty policeman assassinated Russia's ambassador to Turkey in an Ankara art gallery less than two weeks ago.
In March, at least 37 people died in a bombing at a bus stop in Ankara, an attack that was claimed by Kurdish militant group TAK, and in June, a suicide bombing at Istanbul airport killed 45 people.
The shooting spree came as the Turkish army wages a four-month incursion in Syria to oust Isil jihadists and Kurdish militants from the border area, suffering increasing casualties.
It also came five months after Turkey was shaken by a failed military coup, in which more than 240 people were killed, many of them in Istanbul, as rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets in a bid to seize power.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...men-dressed-santa-open-fire-nightclub-turkey/
 
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We have a similar story in Tamil Literature where a king
(one of the three namely Cheran, Chozhan, Paandiyan)
kills another king his mortal enemy-
(whom he could not conquer by fair warfare )

dressed as a saint and hiding his sword in his flowing robes.

The voluminous dress of Santa is ideal for carrying tons of arms and weapons.
The flowing beard, mustache and cap can conceal the real facial features.

No one will expect a Loving Cheerful Chubby Santa to open fire on the innocents!!! :shocked:
 
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We have a similar story in Tamil Literature where a king
(one of the three namely Cheran, Chozhan, Paandiyan)
kills another king his mortal enemy-
(whom he could not conquer by fair warfare )

dressed as a saint and hiding his sword in his flowing robes.

The voluminous dress of Santa is ideal for carrying tons of arms and weapons.
The flowing beard, mustache and cap can conceal the real facial features.

No one will expect a Loving Cheerful Chubby Santa to open fire on the innocents!!! :shocked:

Thanks for the info, Madam! What is the name of the King..I tried searching but in vain
 

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Thanks for the info, Madam! What is the name of the King..I tried searching but in vain

I too don't remember the name of the kings involved but I have read it in Tamil literature long ago.

தொழுதகை யுள்ளும் படையொடுங்கும் ஒன்னார்
அழுதகண் ணீரும் அனைத்து.
(குறள் 828: கூடாநட்பு அதிகாரம்)


தொழுத கையுள்ளும்
– வணங்கிய கைகளுக்குள்
படையொடுங்கும் – கொல்லுகின்ற ஆயுதம் ஒளிந்திருக்கும்
ஒன்னார் – பகைவருக்கு
அழுத கண்ணீரும் – அவர் அழுது கண்ணீர் விடுவதும்
அனைத்து – அதேபோன்று போலியானது, இடர் விளைவிப்பது


பகைவர்கள் தொழுவணங்கும்போது அவருடைய கைகளுக்குள் கொல்லுங்கருவி ஒளிந்து இருக்கக்கூடும், பூவுக்குள்ளும் பூநாகம் இருப்பதுபோல. அதேபோல அவர்கள் அழுது கண்ணீர் சிந்துவதும் அடுத்தவரைக் கெடுப்பதற்கேயாம். புறநானூற்று வரியொன்று “வழிபடுவோரை வல்லறிதியே”, அதாவது, “வழிபட்டு நிற்போரின் உண்மை நிறத்தை விரைந்து அறிவாய்” என்று சோழன் நெய்தலங்கானல் 
இளஞ்சேட் சென்னிக்கு ஊன்பொதி பசுங்குடையார் என்னும் சங்கப்புலவர் பாடியது. சீவக சிந்தாமணிப் பாடல் இக்குறளின் கருத்தையே, இவ்வாறு கூறுகிறது.


https://ashoksubra.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/குறளின்-குரல்-834/
 
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I too don't remember the name of the kings involved but I have read it in Tamil literature long ago.

தொழுதகை யுள்ளும் படையொடுங்கும் ஒன்னார்
அழுதகண் ணீரும் அனைத்து.
(குறள் 828: கூடாநட்பு அதிகாரம்)


தொழுத கையுள்ளும்
– வணங்கிய கைகளுக்குள்
படையொடுங்கும் – கொல்லுகின்ற ஆயுதம் ஒளிந்திருக்கும்
ஒன்னார் – பகைவருக்கு
அழுத கண்ணீரும் – அவர் அழுது கண்ணீர் விடுவதும்
அனைத்து – அதேபோன்று போலியானது, இடர் விளைவிப்பது


பகைவர்கள் தொழுவணங்கும்போது அவருடைய கைகளுக்குள் கொல்லுங்கருவி ஒளிந்து இருக்கக்கூடும், பூவுக்குள்ளும் பூநாகம் இருப்பதுபோல. அதேபோல அவர்கள் அழுது கண்ணீர் சிந்துவதும் அடுத்தவரைக் கெடுப்பதற்கேயாம். புறநானூற்று வரியொன்று “வழிபடுவோரை வல்லறிதியே”, அதாவது, “வழிபட்டு நிற்போரின் உண்மை நிறத்தை விரைந்து அறிவாய்” என்று சோழன் நெய்தலங்கானல் 
இளஞ்சேட் சென்னிக்கு ஊன்பொதி பசுங்குடையார் என்னும் சங்கப்புலவர் பாடியது. சீவக சிந்தாமணிப் பாடல் இக்குறளின் கருத்தையே, இவ்வாறு கூறுகிறது.


https://ashoksubra.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/குறளின்-குரல்-834/

No query relating to Tamil literature shall remain unanswered with you around!! Thank you Madam!!
 
No query relating to Tamil literature shall remain unanswered with you around!! Thank you Madam!!

Dear sir,


There is one real life story to this effect.


If I remember correctly the rival king would come in the guise of a Sivan Adiyar with his sword
(Udai vaLL) concealed in his flowing robe. He would request to meet the King ( who would get killed) in privacy.

The good natured king (the victim) being a noble soul and unaware of the wicked scheme would meet the killer saint in privacy - only to get killed by him mercilessly.


I have a poem to this effect as to How Putana appeared like a beautiful woman only to try to kill the infant Krishna with the milk from her poisoned breasts.


I shall still try to find out the names of the kings -
UNLESS someone comes up with those names and saves me the time and trouble! :)
 
தோற்றம், நோக்கம்



தோற்றமும் நோக்கமும் எதிர்மறை ஆகலாம்;
தோற்றங்கள் நம்மை முற்றிலும் ஏமாற்றலாம்.
நோக்கம் என்ன என்று அறியும் வரையில் நாம்
தோற்றத்தைக் கண்டு மயங்கிவிடக் கூடாது.

வேதனை இதுவே எவருமே அறியவில்லை,
பூதனை வந்தது கண்ணனை அழிக்க என்று!
மயக்கும் மனோகரப் பெண் போல வந்து
மாயக் கண்ணனைக் கொல்ல எண்ணினாள்.

வண்டுகள் மொய்க்கும் மலர்க் கூந்தல்;
வண்டுகளாகச் சுழலும் கரு விழிகள்;
பட்டு ஆடைகள் பலப்பல ஆபரணங்கள்;
தொட்டால் துவளும் மெல்லிய உடல்.

சொந்த பந்தம் போல வீட்டின் உள்ளே
வந்தவளைக் கண்டு மயங்கியவர்கள்,
சந்தேகிக்கவே இல்லை அவள் நோக்கத்தை;
சந்தித்த மகிழ்ச்சியில் தடுக்கவும் இல்லை!

கண்ணனைக் கொஞ்சி முத்தமிட்டவள்
கண் மறைவாகச் சென்று அமர்ந்து,
தாய் போலப் பாலூட்டும் பாவனையில்,
பேய் போலக் கொடும் நஞ்சை ஊட்டினாள்!

பாவியின் நோக்கம் அறிந்த கண்ணன், அவள்
ஆவியையும் பாலுடன் சேர்த்துப் பருகவே,
ஆவி பிரியும் வேதனையில் அந்தப் பாவி
கூவிக் கூவித் தன் உயிரையும் துறந்தாள்.

துறவியின் உடையிலும் கொல்லும் வாள்
மறைந்து இருந்த கதையை மறந்திடோம்!
வெளித் தோற்றத்துக்கு மயங்கிவிடாமல்
உள்நோக்கத்தின் உண்மையை உணர்வோம்.

வாழ்க வளமுடன்,
விசாலாக்ஷி ரமணி.


http://www.tamilbrahmins.com/showthread.php?t=34730&p=370486&posted=1#post370486

Those who can not read Tamil script may use this link to read the translation of the poem in English

 
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