Apparently, U.S. intelligence warned Turkey of a possible attack, according to Mahir Zeynalov, a Turkish journalist. Reports were the attacker was speaking Arabic.

Via Daily Mail:

Thirty five people have been killed 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 inside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district, where hundreds were celebrating the New Year.

A further 40 people are thought to have been wounded in the attack, which has been captured in CCTV footage. It happened at 1.30am local time.

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

Many party-goers threw themselves into the Bosphorus in panic after the attack, and had to be rescued.

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This is video of the attacker shooting outside the club, where a police officer and another person were killed. More were shot once he got inside the club.