Chinese citizens allegedly linked to Istanbul nightclub attack

Omar Asim and Abuliezi Abuduhamiti have been accused of being members of an "armed terror organization" and of involvement in 39 counts of murder, the news agency reported.

A gunman opened fire, killing 39 people and wounding 69 others, during a New Year's party at the upscale nightclub, Reina. Authorities are searching for the gunman who carried out the massacre.

Istanbul Reina nightclub attack 'leaves 35 dead'

Among the dead at the Istanbul club is one police officer, Vasip Sahin stated, adding that it was a terror attack.

At least another 40 were injured in the attack which took place in the Reina nightclub, in the Ortakoy area, at about 01:30 local time (22:30 GMT).

One attacker was involved, the governor said, while CNN Turk reported he was dressed in a Santa Claus costume.

Day of violence in Istanbul leaves at least 3 dead

In the southeast of the country a roadside bomb killed four police, and Kurdish rebels attacked a helicopter, killing a conscript. There has been a recent sharp spike in violence between Turkey's security forces and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

One of the consulate attackers was later captured injured in a nearby building and hospitalized. 

Assailants fire shots at US Consulate in Istanbul

One of the assailants, a woman, was later captured at a nearby building and hospitalized. Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, quoting unnamed police sources, said she has been identified as a member of a banned leftist group. 

The Istanbul governor's office said police were searching for a second woman involved in the attack.