Toronto Based Alaa Al Muhandis among 39 dead in Istanbul New Years 2016 attack

 

The Canadian killed in the New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as Alaa Al-Muhandis of Milton, Ont.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed her identity in an email on Monday evening. Media reported that Al-Muhandis was a 29-year-old mother of two.

Her Facebook page states that she attended Streetsville Secondary School in Mississauga and was a graduate of Seneca College.

At Al-Muhandis’ home in a quiet suburban neighbourhood, a man who identified himself as a friend of the victim’s husband said the family would not be speaking at this time. He said the family is in mourning and needs time to process.

Al-Muhandis was among the 39 killed when a gunman opened fire at a popular Turkish club during New Year’s celebrations early Sunday morning.

Daesh made an unusual claim of responsibility for the terrorist attack in Turkey, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” carried out the mass shooting at Reina, a nightclub on the Bosphorus.

 

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