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.