FACE OF EVIL Turks pa­rade night­club mas­sacre gun­man

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THIS is the man ar­rested by Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties on sus­pi­cion of be­ing the gun­man who at­tacked an Is­tan­bul night­club on New Year’s Eve, killing 39 peo­ple.

Of­fi­cials claimed he is an Uzbek­istan na­tional who trained in Afghanistan and has con­fessed to the mas­sacre.

Pho­to­graphs from raids, widely pub­lished in the Turk­ish me­dia, showed a bruised, black-haired man in a blood­ied shirt be­ing held by his neck. NTV tele­vi­sion said the gun­man had re­sisted ar­rest.

Turk­ish me­dia also cir­cu­lated a photograph of the sus­pect ly­ing on the floor, hands bound be­hind his back, with the boot of an uniden­ti­fied man pressed to the back of his head.

Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim told re­porters in Ankara that the man was be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice.

He ex­pressed hope that the in­ter­ro­ga­tion would un­veil the “forces” be­hind the at­tack, which has al­ready been claimed by the Is­lamic State group.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple were gath­ered at the Reina night­club to cel­e­brate the end of 2016 – only to be­come the first vic­tims of 2017.

The gun­man shot a po­lice of­fi­cer and a civil­ian out­side the club, be­fore storm­ing the club.

Most of the dead in the at­tack were for­eign na­tion­als, mainly from the Mid­dle East.

“The vile ter­ror­ist who at­tacked the place of en­ter­tain­ment on New Year’s Eve and led to the loss of so many lives has been cap­tured,” Mr Yildirim said.

He added: “What is im­por­tant is for the sus­pect to be cap­tured and for the forces be­hind it to be re­vealed.”

Is­tan­bul gov­er­nor Vasip Sahin said the sus­pect is an Uzbek­istan na­tional who trained in Afghanistan and is be­lieved to have en­tered Tur­key in Jan­uary 2016.

Mr Sahin iden­ti­fied him as Abdulkadir Masharipov, say­ing he was born in 1983, al­though Turk­ish me­dia re­ported the sus­pect’s first name as Ab­dul­gadir.

Mr Sahin said that the man, cap­tured late on Mon­day, con­fessed to car­ry­ing out the mas­sacre.

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