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Seven Times Entertainment Venues Were Attacked

By Chidirim Ndeche 03 October 2017   |   3:00 pm

Crowded clubs and music venues have come under attack several times in the past.

After the shooting at a Las Vegas concert that killed at least 58 people late Sunday, here is a recap of some of the deadliest attacks on such venues around the world over the past 15 years.

Manchester pop concert

Ariana Grande performing at the One Love Manchester concert

On May 22 this year, a suicide bomber kills at least 22 people and wounds 59 at the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena after a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. The attacker claims to be a supporter of the Islamic State group.

Istanbul nightclub

A gunman opened fire inside a popular Istanbul nightclub shortly after revelers rang in the New Year, killing at least 39 people, including 15 foreigners, and wounding 69 in an act of terrorism that has become grimly familiar in Turkey. PHOTO: REUTERS

Shortly after Turkey rings in 2017, a gunman bursts into the exclusive Reina nightclub, spraying partygoers with bullets and killing 39 people, mostly foreigners. Another 65 people are wounded at the venue which is packed with more than 700 people. The attack is also claimed by the IS group.

Florida gay club

Gay Americans are shaken, unbowed by nightclub attack. Photo: Xperimen

In June 2016, a gunman opens fire inside the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50. US authorities say the attacker had pledged allegiance to IS, with the extremist group later identifying him as one of its militants.

Paris, Bataclan

Thousands of people observe a minute of silence near the Bataclan in Paris, France, 16 November 2015. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

Three armed men wearing explosive belts storm the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015, killing 90 people during a gig by US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. At the same time, other gunmen open fire on bars and restaurants in the city while others blow themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium. Claimed by IS, the attacks kill 130 people and wound another 350 in the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil.

Moscow festival

In July 2003, a double suicide attack during a rock concert at the Tushino airfield near Moscow kills 15 people and wounds around 50. Two women identified by Russia as Chechen separatists mixed with around 20,000 fans who had come to hear some of Russia’s top bands at the annual Krylya (Wings) festival.

The press outside the theatre during the hostage situation. Photo: History.com

Moscow musical

Chechen rebels disrupt a musical in Moscow and take more than 912 people hostage over three days in October 2002. Russian special forces storm the theatre after sending in gas to subdue the gunmen; when the smoke clears, 130 hostages are dead, almost all of them because of the gas.

Bali nightclub

Bali Memorial Service in honour of 202 people who perished in terrorist attacks on 12 October 2002. Photo: Dirco

The Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar in Bali are hit by a huge car bomb in October 2002. Both are filled with foreign tourists and 202 people, 88 of them Australians, are killed. The attack is attributed to the Jemaah Islamiyah, a south-east Asian network linked to Al-Qaeda.

***AFP

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