Gunman dressed as Father Christmas opens fire on nightclub killing 35 people

No fewer than 35 people have been sent to early grave in an armed attack in an Istanbul nightclub, the city’s governor has revealed.

The gunman, believed to have been dressed in a Santa costume, opened fire at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district, where hundreds were celebrating the New Year.

According to Daily Mail, another 40 people are said to have been wounded in the attack, which has been captured in CCTV.

Special forces officers have stormed the building, but the location of the gunman is unknown.