FACE OF EVIL Turks parade nightclub massacre gunman
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.