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Istanbul New Year's Eve terror attack victim killed alongside her fiancé 'predicted own death' in chilling Facebook post

Mirror logo Mirror 4/01/2017 Chris Baynes

A student who died in the arms of her fiancé in the Istanbul New Year's Eve terror attack had predicted her own death in a chilling Facebook post days earlier.

Rita Chami wrote of fears she could "die in a blast" before flying to Turkey with Elias Wardini, who was also killed after a gunman stormed a nightclub packed with partygoers.

The terrorist , armed with an AK-47, killed 39 people when he opened fire at the upmarket Reina nightspot on the banks of the Bosphorus.

Rita and Elias, both 26-year-old students at American University of Science and Technology in Lebanon, had posted cheerful pictures from their travels on social media in the days before their died.

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er mother to cancer four months ago, is also reported to have written an eerie post on Facebook in which she predicted the couple could die in a terror attack.

According to, she said: "Hopefully we will have fun [in Turkey], worst case scenario is that I will die in a blast and follow my mum."

Friends said Rita died in her fiance's arms after they were gunned down in the nightclub at about 1.30am local time.

Credits: Facebook © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Facebook Refuting reports Elias had died in the Bosphorus waterway after fleeing the attack, Jason Orfali wrote online: "Elias Wardini did not run away from the shooting (he was unfortunate not to escape).

"Elias Wardini stayed behind because his fiance was shot twice he went back to help her and was shot 3 times and died in her arms, he loved her to the extent that he stayed behind to help her and it cost him his life.

"God bless all the souls that died especially the lebanese people who dont deserve this, but don't ever dare to think that Elias died in some river!

"He stayed behind to protect the ones he love and died doing so.

"Elias you are a true martyr my brother, and I am more than sure that ur in a better place now."

Authorities launched a huge manhunt for the prime suspect in the attack, for which ISIS have claimed responsibility.

The suspect, named as Iakhe Mashrapov, 28, was claimed to have trained in Syria for ISIS before being "specially selected" to carry out the nightclub massacre.

He reportedly moved to Turkey from Kyrgyzstan with his wife and two kids on November 20 and spent some time in Konya province before returning to Istanbul just days prior to the terror attack.

Police have arrested 14 people, including the suspect's wife, after they reportedly traced a phone call he made from a taxi driver's mobile on the way to club.

olumnist for the Hurriyet newspaper, claimed the attacker had been trained in street fighting in residential areas in Syria and used those techniques in the attack as he shot from the hip as though in a "street war".

Selvi wrote that the gunman was "specially selected" for the shooting and his "hit rate" was high, with just 28 bullets failing to hit a target.

But Mashrapov today said Turkish police arrested and released him following a case of mistaken identity.

He made the claim during an interview with Kyrgyz TV after TRT, Turkey’s state broadcaster, named him as the chief suspect.

Mashrapov claims he was taken into custody by the Turks when boarding a flight in Istanbul after mistaking him for the main suspect due to his apparent likeness.

'It wasn't me' says Istanbul nightclub shooting suspect arrested over ISIS massacre of 39 New Year's revellers

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Survivors of the terror attack have described watching their friends gunned down as celebrations turned to horror in the nightclub.

Footage has emerged showing New Year's Eve revellers partying moments before an the gunman stormed a club and slaughtered 39 people .

The video was posted to Instagram in the early hours of January 1, minutes before a shooter blasted his way into the club.

Partygoer Natasha Volnova shared the video showing people wearing party hats and setting off sparklers at the exclusive waterside club.

The 22-year-old Ukrainian wrote alongside the clip: "Happy New Year."

Moments later the gunman sprayed nearly 200 bullets around the club.

Miss Volnova, who lost a friend in the attack, told the Mirror she initially mistook the sound of gunfire for fireworks.

She said: "We all thought it was fireworks, then I saw people fall down."

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