Thursday 21 September 2017

Two Chinese citizens held over Istanbul nightclub attack which killed 39

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, January 1, 2017.
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, January 1, 2017.
Relatives react at the funeral of Busra Kose, a victim of an attack by a gunman at Reina nightclub, in Istanbul, Turkey, January 2, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A man believed to be the gunman who killed dozens at an Istanbul nightclub films himself as he wanders near Istanbul's Taksim square (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
A woman reacts outside the Reina nightclub by the Bosphorus, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey, January 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan
Flowers and pictures of the victims are placed near the entrance of Reina nightclub, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey January 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan

Two Chinese citizens have been remanded in custody by a Turkish court over their alleged links to a deadly gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency on Friday named the two suspects as Omar Asim and Abuliezi Abuduhamiti.

They are accused of membership of an "armed terror organisation" and of assisting in 39 counts of first-degree murder.

A gunman killed 39 people at Istanbul's Reina nightclub, a smart venue by the Bosphorus where scores of people had gathered to celebrate the New Year.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, saying the attack was a reprisal for Turkish military operations in northern Syria.

Last week a Turkish official said the gunman was probably from China's Muslim Uighur minority.

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