- Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweets on Turkey attack
- 39 died, 65 wounded in attack on nightclub on New Year's Eve
- Victims included at least 15 foreign nationals: Turkish minister
Abis Rizvi, a noted real estate developer from Mumbai, had recently produced a Bollywood movie, Roar: The Tigers of Sundarbans.
The attack came during a New Year's Eve party at a nightclub and the victims included at least 15 foreign nationals, a Turkish minister had said. Two Lebanese and five Saudi nationals were also among those killed, authorities confirmed on Sunday.
This evening, Ms Swaraj tweeted:
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
Ms Swaraj said she has spoken to Akhtar Hassan Rizvi, the father of Abis Rizvi. "He and Mrs Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We r organising their Visa," she tweeted. The Indian envoy in Turkey has been alerted and asked to "make all arrangements".
The victims are Mr.Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms.Khushi Shah from Gujarat. /2- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 1, 2017
Television footage showed men and women rushing out in a state of shock. Others threw themselves into the Bosphorus in panic. The attackers managed to escape and a massive manhunt has been launched for them.
Among the deceased were three French nationals, two persons from Tunisia, three persons from Jordan and a woman from Israel.