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Istanbul nightclub attacker captured: Turkey

Sahin told reporters that the alleged attacker, whom he named as Abdulgadir Masharipov, born in 1983, had admitted his guilt and his fingerprints matched those at the scene.

By: AFP | Istanbul |
January 17, 2017 2:51:24 pm
istanbul, istanbul nightclub attack, turkey nightclub attack, istanbul attack suspect, nightclub attack, turkey istanbul nightclub attack, world news, Istanbul nightclub attack: In this Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 file photo, Turkish police officers block the road leading to the scene of an attack in Istanbul. Survivors of the massacre at a Turkish nightclub describe an hour of pure terror and how they escaped, by feigning death, rappelling to the sea, or hiding anywhere they could find. (Depo Photos via AP, File)

A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of mowing down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve confessed today to the massacre, Turkish authorities said. In a dramatic assault in the early hours today, Turkish police raided an Istanbul apartment and detained Abdulgadir Masharipov after a massive weeks-long manhunt. “The terrorist confessed his crime,” Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told reporters at a news conference, saying the suspect’s fingerprints matched those of the attacker.

“He was trained in Afghanistan and can speak four languages. He’s a well-trained terrorist,” added the governor. Police also confiscated USD 197,000 (185,000 euros), two firearms and clips during the raid. The arrest will come as a relief to Istanbul residents, already on edge after a string of attacks, who had feared for more than a fortnight that a trained killer was on the loose in the city.

turkey, istanbul, turkey attack, turkey news, istanbul gunman, turkey attack 2 killed, turkey news, world news, indian express A Turkish police officer secures central Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping road of Istanbul, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Local media published a picture of the detained man with blood on his face and T-shirt, his neck gripped by a policeman. Television images showed him being roughly led away, his head bent low. The operation to capture the suspected jihadist involved some 2,000 police officers, the Istanbul governor said. The suspect had been on the run for 17 days, after apparently slipping into the night following the attack on the glamorous Reina nightclub on the Bosphorus.

Turkish special security force members patrol near the scene of the Reina night club following the New Year's day attack, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Turkey has identified the gunman in the Istanbul nightclub massacre, the foreign minister said Wednesday as the president vowed that the country won't surrender to terrorists or become divided. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) Turkish special security force members patrol near the scene of the Reina night club following the New Year’s day attack, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

But he was eventually discovered in an apartment in the residential Esenyurt district of Istanbul. Initial reports suggested his four-year-old son was with him in the apartment but the governor denied this. However, one Iraqi man and three women from Egypt and Africa were also captured and detained in the raid. The Islamic State (IS) group took responsibility for the bloodbath, the first time it has ever openly claimed a major attack in Turkey.

It had previously been blamed for several strikes in Turkey, including the triple suicide bombings at Istanbul airport in June. “It is clear that the attack was carried out on behalf of Daesh,” Sahin said, using an Arabic acronym for the IS group, adding that the other four suspects were likely linked to the jihadists. Capturing the suspect alive will be seen as a major victory for the Turkish security forces and he may be able to shed light on the existence of other IS cells in the city.

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter that “in the name of the nation” he thanked the police and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu for the capture. And Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters: “What matters is the capture of the perpetrator of this vile attack and exposing the powers behind him. To us, it is an important development.”

istanbul, istanbul nightclub attack, turkey nightclub attack, istanbul attack suspect, nightclub attack, turkey istanbul nightclub attack, world news, An injured woman is carried to an ambulance from a nightclub where a gun attack took place during a New Year party in Istanbul, Turkey. Murat Ergin/Ihlas News Agency via Reuters

 

istanbul, istanbul nightclub attack, turkey nightclub attack, istanbul attack suspect, nightclub attack, turkey istanbul nightclub attack, world news, Turkish police providing security patrol in central Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, the main shopping road of Istanbul, on New Year’s Day Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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