Istanbul nightclub attack suspect captured

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect captured

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect captured

Written by Staff Writer

17 Jan, 2017 | 12:44 pm

Turkish police have captured the suspected gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day after a two-week nationwide manhunt, with state media saying he was seized along with four other suspects at a hideout in the city.

The suspected gunman Abdulkadir Masharipov ( an Uzbek national) is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club. He is said to have been caught in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district.

Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims, and dozens of people were injured.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

The suspect was being questioned at Istanbul police headquarters, while other people were detained in raids across the city targeting Uzbek Islamic State cells, according to Reuters.

The shooting in Istanbul’s Ortakoy neighborhood, an upscale district on the Bosphorus shore, came after a year in which NATO member Turkey was shaken by a series of attacks by radical Islamist and Kurdish militants and by a failed coup.

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