Wednesday 23 August 2017

Istanbul massacre suspect held

The image of the attack suspect released by Dogan news agency after his arrest. Image: Depo Photos via AP
The image of the attack suspect released by Dogan news agency after his arrest. Image: Depo Photos via AP

Daren Butler Istanbul

A gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said last night.

The suspect was caught in a special operations police raid on a dwelling in a housing complex in Istanbul's Esenyurt district, private NTV television said.

The report said he had been staying in the house belonging to a Kyrgyz friend.

Isil claimed responsibility for the nightclub massacre, saying the attack was in reprisal for Turkish military operations in northern Syria.

The man identified as the suspect had been on the run since the attack. 'Hurriyet' newspaper and other media have identified the gunman as Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national. 

The suspect was to undergo medical checks before being taken to a police headquarters for questioning, the paper said in its online edition.

Dogan news agency published what it said was the first image of the attacker.

It showed a bruised, black-haired man in a grey, bloodied shirt being held by his neck.

Private NTV television said the gunman had resisted arrest.

Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims of the New Year's Eve attack, and dozens of people were injured.

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