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Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 arrested

Reina club attacker after being caught by Turkish police in Istanbul

India TV News Desk, Istanbul [Published on:17 Jan 2017, 6:35 AM IST]
Reina club attacker after being caught by Turkish police
Reina club attacker after being caught by Turkish police

Turkey police have arrested the man accused of carrying out a deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's celebrations, killing 39 people including 25 foreigners (two Indians).

According to Turkish media, the suspect was caught in a special operations police raid on a house in a housing complex in Istanbul's Esenyurt district.

NTV Television reported that he had been staying in the house belonging to a Kyrgyz friend.

The Islamic State group has 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. 

With AP Inputs 

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