The suspected New Year’s Eve Istanbul nightclub attacker who police believe killed 39 people was today arrested by Turkish security forces.
According to Turkish media, the main suspect in the attack on Reina nightclub was apprehended in Istanbul late on Monday.
Abdulkadir Masharipov was reportedly caught in his friend’s house in Esenyurt district of the city – just 25 miles from where the brutal attack took place.
He was finally tracked down and was pinned down by officers next to his four-year-old son, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. He is now being transferred to Istanbul Police Headquarters.
A photograph shows Masharipov, an Uzbekistan national, covered in blood after officers put him in handcuffs. Private NTV television said the gunman had resisted arrest.
NTV reported that the gunman’s Kyrgyz friend and three other people also were detained.
The television channel said police established the alleged gunman’s whereabouts four or five days ago, but delayed the raid so they could monitor his movements and contacts.
The arrest came after those celebrating New Year’s Eve in the exclusive club in the city were forced to run for their lives when the attacker entered.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the savage attack, later adding that it was revenge for the Turkish military involvement in Syria.
Police in Turkey have desperately been hunting the main suspect for more than two weeks following the incident which also left 69 wounded.
On New Year’s Eve, the attacker opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
Turks as well as visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among those killed in the attack.
Source: Daily Mail