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Witness account from Reina Massacre: ‘Flashbang Exploded After I Hit Him’

T.B., 28, who kicked the flashbang in the hands of terrorist Abulgadir Mashnaripov during Istanbul Reina’s attack, told the moments. He said that he did not know that the terrorist was the only one, and he said, “He pulled the pin with his right hand. I thought it was a hand grenade. I was with my fiance, he stopped at our feet. I said no, no, and kicked. The bomb exploded in his hands. I would have killed him if I knew he was alone. “

SHE WAS SHOT BY OUR SIDE

“We were seven people went to Reina in the evening. The late Mustafa Sezgin Seymen and his fiancée, me and my fiancée. Another engaged couple and a single friend were with us. I am a ship captain. We’re all acquainted with maritime. We were worried when we left home. There was an anxiety, but not after we entered Reina. We were sitting in our lodge. The late Mustafa got up for the restroom three minutes ago. His fiancée was with us.

There were two Moroccan girls. One was shot from the head, the other from the foot. The first girl was with us, shot from the head. At first she moved. We thought there was a fight. We did not hear the gunshots because of the music. Then we heard gunshots, we laid down. The girls were in shock. I was in better condition. I think Mustafa got caught when he was on the way of restroom. Our other friend was shot too. Many guns were heard. It lasted for five minutes. The place smelled of gunpowder. We thought he will kill each one of us. The attacker also fired right beside us. People have been hit in the lodge behind ours. Someone was lying on the ground, he was dead.

I SAID “DO NOT BREATHE”

I started to observe when the gunshots stopped. I was on my side with my fiancée, the faces are facing each other. Everyone was lying down and pretending dead. Somebody moaned in the place, ‘My girlfriend was shot’ he said. I said, “Shut up.” We warned those who moved. My fiancé whispered, “He is coming”. ‘Close your eyes, do not breathe,’ I said. Fİrst the flashbang blew up and gunshots were heard. He came from the bar side. There was a flashbang in his left hand. He pulled the pin with his right hand. I thought it was a hand grenade. I imagined: First he throws the grenade, then fire shots.

Ceviren: WHatti – Ege İlter

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