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Turkish authorities capture Istanbul nightclub shooter; Suspect identified as Uzbek national

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Cops arrest an Uzbek national is believed responsible for Istanbul nightclub attack which killed 39 arrested on Jan, 2
Abdulkadir Masharipov is accused of Istanbul nightclub attack was arrested crashing in a friend’s apt in an Istanbul housing complex,  late Monday
Abdulkadir Masharipov2.jpgThe suspected Reina club attacker, [Abdulkadir Masharipov] after he was caught by Turkish police in Istanbul, late Monday
abdulkadir-masharipov3Abdulkadir Masharipov took a selfie a few hour before the shooting

Turkish media is reporting that the intense manhunt for the Istanbul New Year Eve shooter has ended, for now. Istanbul police have arrested the suspected attacker who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve.
Authorities have not officially released the suspect’s name as of late Monday, but local media identified the gunman as Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national.

istanbul-nightclub-gunman-shooting-club-goers1Footage released earlier by Turkish police caught the suspect on camera shooting up the nightclub

The suspect was caught during a police raid in a housing complex in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district. He was reportedly staying with a friend while in hiding, local media reported.
Other Turkish media reports that Masharipov would undergo medical evaluations before he is taken to police headquarter for questioning.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack at Reina club, a popular hangout for for local and international celebritie,  and said it was in response to Turkish military occupation in northern Syria.

Surveillance footage showed the shooter, clad in black, before opening fire at Reina club where an additional 70 people were injured.
Witnesses say the attacker screamed “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great” in Arabic — during the massacre.

Paramedics lift injured patron after the Istanbul nightclub shooting1.jpgInjured New Years’s Eve reveller being taken out by paramedics after the attack by a gunman who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations

Authorities say at least 26 of the victims were foreign nationals and among those injured was an American.

 

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