A man pulls a cart in front of a huge portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Taksim Square in Istanbul on March 15, 2017. / AFP / BULENT KILIC
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Turkish authorities will not allow New Year celebrations at Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square for security reasons, state media reported Wednesday, quoting local officials.Turkey has suffered a series of terror attacks attributed to Kurdish militants and Daesh (ISIS), including a shooting at popular Istanbul nightclub Reina during a New Year 2016-17 party in which 39 people were killed.Images released by police during the manhunt for the attacker were taken from a chilling silent video the Daesh gunman Abdulgadir Masharipov purportedly took on Taksim Square with a selfie stick, before going to the elite waterside nightclub to carry out the attack.
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