Police in Turkey have arrested the man accused of carrying out a deadly nightclub New Year’s Day in Istanbul.
The man killed at least 39 people. including a police officer and 25 foreigners, according to Turkish news reports.
The news came after a police raid on an apartment in the outlying Esenyurt district of Istanbul. This raid resulted in the capture of Abdulgadir Masharipov.
Masharipov is described by the authorities as a Daesh militant of Uzbek nationality, along with four other people. The others were a man of Kyrgyz nationality and three women, whose nationalities were not given, according to Turkish reports.
Photographs of the suspect in custody were posted by Turkish news organisations online. The image showed him bruised and with fresh blood on his clothing and face.
He had reportedly been injured while carrying out the deadly attack on the Reina nightclub on the Bosporus. An estimated 69 people were wounded by the attacker. He went on a shooting rampage with a rapid-fire rifle inside the crowded and popular venue.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack the next day. The terrorist group said the attack was a retaliation for Turkey’s military involvement in Syria.
The Turkish authorities quickly identified the suspect from CCTV, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to bring him to justice.
Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, posted a Twitter message congratulating the country’s interior minister on the arrest.