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Two Indians among Istanbul nightclub attack victims: Sushma Swaraj

Two Indians were among those killed in an attack on revellers celebrating the New Year in Turkey, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday.

The victims were identified as Abis Hasn Rizvi, the son of former Rajya Sabha MP and noted Mumbai builder Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, and Khushi Shah from Gujarat.

“Abis Rizvi was CEO of Rizvi Builders and had produced a number of films, including the 2014 movie Roar: The Tigers of the Sundarbans,” PTI quoted Swaraj as saying.

I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul. /1

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj)
January 1, 2017

The minister said she had spoken to the victims’ families and was helping them to get visas.

I have just spoken to Mr.Akhtar Hassan Rizvi father of Abis Rizvi. He and Mrs Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We r organising their Visa.

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj)
January 1, 2017

I have also spoken to Shri Ashok Shah father of Ms.Khushi Shah and conveyed our condolences.

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj)
January 1, 2017

An assailant in a Santa Claus hat unleashed a salvo of bullets in a crowded Istanbul nightclub in Reina during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 39 people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences after the attack.

“Heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey on the tragic loss of lives in Istanbul,” he tweeted.

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Fifteen foreigners were among the fatalities, including the Indians. Close to 70 others were injured in what authorities described as a terror attack. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the nightclub horror.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Source: HindustanTimes