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Egypt strongly condemns New Year's Eve terrorist attack in Istanbul

The attack on a nightclub in the Turkish capital killed 39, injured dozens

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Jan 2017
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Family members and friends attend funeral prayers for Ayhan Akin, one of the nightclub victims, in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP)
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Egypt denounced the terrorist attack on a nightclub in Turkey's Istanbul on New Year's Eve which left at least 39 dead, a foreign ministry statement read on Sunday.

Turkish authorities said that the attacker -- who has so far evaded capture -- is believed to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) group and may be from Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan, AFP reported.

Egypt reiterated its stance calling on the international community to unite to put an end to terrorism, the statement read.

The statement called for "keeping terrorist organisations, which endanger the people's security and stability in an unprecedented manner, under siege."

The attack came as the Turkish army wages a four-month incursion in Syria to oust IS jihadists and Kurdish militants from the border area.

Istanbul, Ankara and other Turkish cities were hit by a string of attacks in 2016, blamed on Kurdish militants and jihadists, which left hundreds dead.

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