Istanbul nightclub attack Report :
A suspect has been caught in the New Year’s Eve nightclub attack in Istanbul, Turkey, that left 39 people dead, the AA.com news website, al Jazeera and CNN Turkey reported.
The attack on the club jammed with holiday revelers also left 69 people with injuries.
The suspect was identified as Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, Hurryiet newspaper, the BBC and other News media reported.
Masharipov was captured during a police operation on a terrorist cell at an apartment in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, Anadolu Agency and other media reported.He’d been on the run for two weeks before his capture, according to the news.com.au website. Police were monitoring him for about five days before taking him in, the website reported.The operation was carried out jointly by Turkish police and the country’s spy agency, news.com.au reported.
Four others also were detained, the news agency reported.Operations against other cells were underway, Anadolu Agency reported.A police officer and a number of foreign nationals were among those killed in the Reina nightclub attack.Earlier in January, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.The organization said in a statement sent to the Aamaq News Agency, with which it has ties, that it was exacting revenge for Turkish involvement in Syria.”The apostate Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will, with God’s permission, ignite a fire in their own land,” according to a statement translated by Reuters news service.
The New Year’s Eve melee was among 10 attacks that have taken place in Turkey in the last year.On Dec. 10, two bombs near Erciyes University killed 13 off-duty soldiers; on Dec. 19, a Turkish policeman fatally shot Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov at a photo exhibit in Ankara; on June 28, a suicide bomber killed 44 people a Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and injuring about 200 more; on Aug. 20, a suicide bomber killed a least 51 people at a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep.