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Istanbul taxi drivers pay respects to attack victims

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - 01:24

Dozens of taxi drivers in Istanbul are driving to the grisly scene of the New Years attack to pay tribute to the 39 people killed. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Dozens of taxi drivers in Istanbul are driving to the grisly scene of the New Years attack to pay tribute to the 39 people killed. Nathan Frandino reports. Taxi drivers are sounding off outside Istanbul's Reina nightclub in honor of the 39 victims killed in a mass shooting on New Years Day. After driving past the scene of the crime, the drivers paid tribute with carnations at a makeshift memorial. One of the drivers says he witnessed the gunman's arrival. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TAXI DRIVER, HASAN HACIOSMANOGLU, SAYING: "It happened all of a sudden. He entered inside as he was firing and he martyred a police officer. We ran to help the police officer rather than watching him go inside. I tried to help him." The gunman- who has not been identified - remains on the run. Surveillance video has since surfaced showing the suspect at the counter of a currency exchange office the night of the attack. Other surveillance video later showed the suspect at the nightclub... a scene the taxi driver says he'll never be able to forget. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TAXI DRIVER, HASAN HACIOSMANOGLU, SAYING: "I remember that scene all the time... People's screams, the sound of gunfire and explosions. Unavoidably you get depressed." A dark memory now haunting the drivers and the country.

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Istanbul taxi drivers pay respects to attack victims

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - 01:24