Turkish police capture suspected New Year's nightclub attacker in Istanbul

Books Tuesday 17/January/2017 11:37 AM
By: Times News Service
Turkish police capture suspected New Year's nightclub attacker in Istanbul

Istanbul: 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.
State-run Anadolu news agency said the alleged attacker, whom it and other media named as Abdulgadir Masharipov, was detained with a man of Kyrgyz origin and three woman from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia in Istanbul's Esenyurt district. "I congratulate our police who caught the perpetrator of the Ortakoy massacre," Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, who is also the government spokesman, said on social network Twitter.
"Our war with terror and the powers behind it will continue to the end," he added.
Dozens of people have previously been detained in connection with the attack for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria. On Jan. 1, the attacker shot his way into the Reina nightclub then opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground. Turks as well as visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among those killed in the attack.
The suspected gunman of Uzbek origin was caught in an apartment at a housing complex on the European side of Istanbul with his four-year-old son at around 11 pm (2000 GMT) on Monday, the Hurriyet newspaper website said. Dogan news agency published a photo of the alleged attacker with a black eye, a cut above his eyebrow and bloodstains on his face and t-shirt. It broadcast video footage broadcast showing plain-clothes police leading a man wearing a white t-shirt to a waiting car.
The suspect was being questioned at Istanbul police headquarters, while other people were detained in raids across the city targeting Uzbek IS cells, Anadolu said.
The shooting in Istanbul's Ortakoy neighbourhood, an upscale district on the Bosphorus shore, came after a year in which NATO member Turkey was shaken by a series of attacks by IS militants and Kurdish militants and by a failed coup.