One of the 39 victims of Sunday’s terror attack at an Istanbul nightclub had survived the twin bombings on Dec. 10, which killed 45 police officers and civilians in Istanbul’s Besiktas district.
Security guard Fatih Cakmak was on duty at the Reina nightclub when a terrorist dressed up in Santa Claus costume carrying hand grenades and an automatic rifle broke into the club. Cakmak was among the first victims of the attack.
Cakmak was also on duty at the stadium for the match between Turkish football clubs Besiktas and Bursaspor on Dec. 10 in Istanbul’s Vodafone Arena.
Riot police officers, present at the area for the match, were targeted by PKK terrorists after the match ended.
A car bomb was detonated near police buses amid heavy traffic, while a suicide bomber detonated himself in the nearby Maçka Park despite police intervention. Some 37 police officers and eight civilians were killed in the attack.
Çakmak escaped the attack unharmed, but was killed 20 days later.