Turkish police identifies Istanbul nightclub attacker
Turkish intelligence services and anti-terror police in Istanbul have identified the assailant who shot dead about 40 people at a nightclub in the port city during the early hours of the New Year’s Day.
The man was identified by police on Sunday as a 34-year-old Uzbek who is part of a Central Asian Daesh Takfiri terrorist cell, the Hurriyet daily and other Turkish newspapers reported. It said he has the code name of Ebu Muhammed Horasani within the IS extremist group. There was no official confirmation of the report.
Turkish police had last week released images of the alleged killer, including a chilling silent video he purportedly took in central Istanbul with a selfie stick. The attacker remains on the run after escaping the Reina nightclub despite the massive deployment of police to prevent attacks targeting New Year’s celebrations.
Armed with a long-barreled weapon, the assailant on New Year first killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club before entering and killing some 39 people inside.
Turkey has been hit by numerous acts of terror over the past year. IS has claimed most of the assaults.