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A huge police operation is underway in Istanbul -
to find a gunman who shot dead 39 people at a nightclub.
The man opened fire at the Reina club at around 130
Dozens of injured remain in hospital.
15 foreigners - from Israel, Saudi Arabia
and Morocco were among - were among the dead.
Our Turkey Correspondent Selin Gerit has just sent this report.
One of the most famous nightclubs in Istanbul,
Reina is packed with a jubilant crowd, ready to welcome
They are counting down to what they hope will
A man armed with a long barrelled weapon opens fire outside the venue.
He kills a policeman and another civilian as he rushes his way in.
The club immediately turns into the scene of a massacre.
As the attacker fires on the people partying inside.
Survivors still in shock of what they have been through.
My husband suddenly told me to get on the floor, a man ran inside,
two or three people started firing and then there was a fog.
I fainted at that moment until special forces
There were bodies lying on the floor.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack
and authorities did not name any suspects.
This man was a security guard at the club last night.
He said he heard gunfire and ran away.
Everyone is nervous at the moment, he said, the attacker
The security forces say the assailant was alone rather
He was wearing a jacket and trousers when he opened fire,
but there is separate information that he tried to leave wearing
The nightclub area remains sealed off this morning,
heavily armed police block the street leading to Reina club.
Crime scene investigators were inside searching for evidence.
This is as close as we can get to the scene of the attack that
In a span of 18 months more than 500 people have been killed in this
Now, civilians got hit on a night of hope and joy.
This already feels like it is going to be yet another difficult
Turkey faces the Islamic State threat, a renewed conflict
with the Kurdish rebels and the south-east and
across the border in Syria and Iraq, and big cities like Istanbul feel
Our Correspondent Selin Gerit is outside a hospital in Istanbul
where some of the victims are being treated.
On the security operation and the manhunt. The attacker is still at
large and the hunt for him carries on. In several districts in
Istanbul. After reports of suspicious people came through. I'm
at one of the hospitals and there are almost 70 people injured, four
are in critical condition and the death toll is still at 39 but the
fear is that it could rise. The Prime Minister has spoken and has
said no nation is immune to such terror attacks, but Istanbul, having
witnessed an attack only three weeks ago, feels increasingly edgy. Thanks
for joining us. The Queen was absent from the annual
New Year's Day church service in Sandringham this morning,
because of a "lingering heavy cold". She also missed the Christmas Day
service at her Norfolk estate Buckingham Palace says the Queen has
been up and about in recent days, but is "still recuperating"
as our Royal Correspondent, For a second time in the holiday
season at the Royals headed to church, and for a second time the
Queen was a notable absentee. Her 95 erode husband did attend, he was to
scrub by one observer as chipper. -- 95-year-old husband. The Windsors
are an attraction for the dedicated, and despite the weather they gather
outside the Sandringham church, but once again the monarch was not on
display. Disappointed that the Queen was not there but that is
understandable at 90 years of age. She is in the best place and I wish
her all the best for 2017. She is not well and we do not want to see
her out in this weather. At Christmas our attention is drawn to
the birth of a baby some 2000 years ago. The Queen recorded her
Christmas message early in December and will not have taken the decision
to miss church likely, the supreme Governor of the Church of England
has a deep faith, but on the advice of her doctor that she is exercising
caution in the face of a heavy cold she has had for nearly two weeks.
The Queen has been laid low and left feeling pretty miserable at the end
of another significant year in her long reign. As well as celebrating
her landmark birth date she has started to acknowledge her advancing
age and reduce her workload. Just last month she severed hurling stick
25 organisations she had been patron of for many decades -- she severed
her links with 25 organisations. As head of state she continues to deal
with the government documents she receives and she is clearly doing
all she can to get rid of a lingering cold rather than make it
worse. Peter Hunt, BBC News, Buckingham Palace.
A police hunt's underway for a hit-and-run driver who knocked
down two teenage girls in Oldham, leaving one dead and the other
12 year old Helina Kotlarova was killed when crossing with her
The two girls had been holding hands at the time.
One of her relatives described what happened.
When we went there, she was on the floor and she had
I was touching her, seeing if she was going to breathe
or something, but she couldn't breathe or nothing.
There's been delays in attending to emergency ambulance calls
across London after its computer system crashed on one
Staff in the London Ambulance control room had to log calls
using pen and paper for nearly five hours overnight.
Jon Ironmonger is at the London Ambulance Service headquarters.
A troubled start to the New Year for staff here with a direct impact on
the safety of Londoners, and for about five hours from 1230 in the
morning the computer system used by London Ambulance Service crashed and
that was because of a technical error and it forced the control room
staff to process and log the emergency calls coming in by hand,
with pen and paper. This delayed emergency response times and
treatment, and had an impact on another service, a real-time web
mapping tool which tells the control room staff where the ambulances are.
That also went down, and they had to communicate via radio communication
only. And this on one of the busiest nights of the year, tens of
thousands of partygoers were on the streets in London at the time, they
were alcohol fuelled and London and live service said it responded to
hundreds of calls. -- London Ambulance Service. They said staff
are trained to cope with these situations and prioritised the
response to patients with life-threatening conditions. An
investigation into the cause of the problem will now be carried out.
Thanks for joining us. The Archbishop of Canterbury,
Justin Welby, has urged people to use 2017 to heal divisions caused
by the EU referendum. In his new year message
recorded in Coventry, the leader of the Church of England
praised the efforts of refugees Our religious affairs correspondent
Martin Bashir has more. Surrendering to the demands
of television lighting, the Archbishop of Canterbury
prepares to deliver his New Year's Justin Welby returned to Coventry,
the city where he started A city whose wartime suffering
and forgiveness, he says, The story of this city says
so much that is true about Britain at its best,
about our courage, standing up to tyranny, how we stand alongside
the suffering and defeated, how we stand for human
dignity and hope. The Archbishop visited a drop-in
centre for refugees, people he called a blessing
to our way of life. And he drew his message to a close
by focusing on an issue that has divided so many parts
of the country. The EU referendum was a tough
campaign, and it has left division. But I know that if we look
at our roots, our history and our culture in the Christian
tradition, if we reach back into what is best in this country,
we will find a path towards reconciling the differences
that have divided us. From Coventry to Canterbury,
the Archbishop believes that looking back will only help us prepare
for the future. A very happy New Year. We have a
contrast across the UK to