Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 caught and arrested by police

Abdulkadir MasharipovA 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 early Tuesday.

The suspect was caught in a special operations police raid on a house 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.

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.

A bloodied looking Abdulkadir Masharipov pictured following arrest in Istanbul
A bloodied looking Abdulkadir Masharipov pictured following arrest in Istanbul

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.

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  • dab

    go jhaneam mr yu salafiste mr

    • HebAlba

      el majnoun bi jhaneam dab

  • Danny Farah

    Sharmouth ibn Sharmoutah. I want to separate him from limb to limb.

  • Niemals

    They always lose, they get caught or are liquidated on the spot.

    The painful reality is, you can’t prevent terrorists to continue with the murdering of innocent victims.

    They have learned how to abusing the open free society er have.

    Not even Erdogans dictatorial turkey is able to protect themselves against the violence of fanatical Muslims.