>> It pull the whole mark of the Islamic State attack, and now the militant group has claimed the gunman who remains at large as one of their own. As Turkey pays tribute to the 39 people killed on New Year's day in the mass shooting at packed Reina Nightclub in Istanbul, a manhunt is underway to try and find the lone gunman.
It's estimated he fired 180 bullets into the crowd. In a statement, the militant group said one of their soldiers struck a place where Christians were celebrating their holiday. 69 people were also wounded in the attack. François Allusmar from Lebanon says he played dead to survive.>>
> He fired one shot of his own, so we thought or I though, it was some angry or drunk man who shot from his gun.
But a few seconds later we heard a machine gun, we were already lying on the floor from the first shot.>> Islamic State says the shooting was revenge for Turkey's military involvement in Syria. The group is being blamed for at least half a dozen attacks on civilian targets in the country over the past 18 months.
The Turkish army releasing footage after the attack showing them hitting IS targets in Northern Syria on New Year's Day.