Istanbul night club attacker arrested
Four other people, including a man of Kyrgyz origin and three women, were reportedly detained along with Masharipov
A man suspected of killing 39 people in a New Year's Day attack on a popular Istanbul nightclub has been caught by police, according to media reports.
Turkish media reported the suspect, identified as Abdulkadir Masharipov but who had operated under the cover name Ebu Muhammed Horasani, was caught along with his four-year-old son in Istanbul's Esenyurt district in a police operation late on Monday. Four other people, including a man of Kyrgyz origin and three women, were reportedly detained along with Masharipov.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Reina nightclub, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
After the arrest, Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, thanked police and security organisations “who caught the Reina attacker in the name of the people”, the Guardian reported.
On 31 December a gunman dressed as Santa Claus sprayed 600 partygoers with bullets. The attacker repeatedly reloaded his weapon to shoot the wounded as they lay on the ground. Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims, and 70 people were injured.