The main suspect behind the deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub during new year's celebrations was arrested late Monday, according to security sources.
Abdulgadir Masharipov, a member of the Daesh terrorist group, was captured during a police operation on a residence in Istanbul's Esenyurt district, the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, told Anadolu Agency.
Masharipov managed to escape at the eleventh hour from four other police operations, the sources said.
Four people, including a man of Iraqi origin and three women -- from Egypt, Somalia, and Senegal -- were detained along with Masharipov.
01:48 dk 17 Ocak 2017 Yeni Şafak Turkish police captured New Year's nightclub attacker in Istanbul
Turkish police have captured the suspected gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day after a two-week nationwide manhunt, with state media saying he was seized along with four other suspects at a hideout in the city.
Operations against Daesh cells in five Istanbul districts resulted in several arrests early Tuesday, the sources added.
At least 39 people, including a police officer, were killed when an attacker opened fire on partygoers at the Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy district in the early hours of New Year's Day; 69 other people were also hurt, with a number of foreign nationals among the casualties.
New footage of gunman responsible for Istanbul attack released
New footage of the gunman responsible for Istanbul's New Year's Eve terror attack at the Reina nightclub in Ortaköy has emerged. In footage obtained by Yeni Şafak Daily, the terrorist can be seen on a stake-out in the major tourist district of Taksim Square. Video: Gunman responsible for Istanbul attack did a stake-out in Taksim Square The attack at Reina killed 39 people and wounded 65, four of whom are in critical condition.How the gunman managed to escape is still under investigation, as he came to the club alone. The unidentified gunman arrived at Reina in a taxi and was traveling with a backpack carrying a rifle and bullets. Security footage outside the club shows the gunman in a black coat.Identity of gunman behind Istanbul attack being revealed 7 minute massacre at Istanbul nightclub
7 minute massacre at Istanbul nightclub
The search for the gunman behind Istanbul's New Year's Eve terror attack at the Reina nightclub in Ortaköy is still under way. The attack killed 39 people and wounded 65, four of whom are in critical condition. How the gunman managed to escape is still under investigation, as he came to the club alone. Police have barricaded the Kuruçeşme neighborhood where the attack occurred. First victims shot at the door The unidentified gunman arrived at Reina in a taxi and was traveling with a backpack carrying a rifle and bullets. Security footage outside the club shows the gunman in a black coat. Upon arriving, he opened fire at the police officer and security guard at the door and entered. The attack took place at approximately 01:20 a.m. Gunman carried ammunition in a backpack The gunman was carrying a backpack filled with ammunition, and Turkish security forces have said that he most likely had previous military training. The gunman opened fire inside Reina in an attack that lasted seven minutes. As one clip was emptied, the gunman took out another one from his backpack and continued firing. Hundred of bullets were fired. After the attack, the gunman took off his coat and changed his clothes. Gunman hid in the kitchen for 13 minutes The gunman went into the kitchen and hid for 13 minutes after changing his clothes. Victims scrambled to escape Reina, and some even jumped into the Bosphorus in panic. Upon hearing the sirens of the approaching police and ambulance, the gunman escaped the venue by blending into the crowd. Attacker must have had help from someone on the inside Security forces have stated that it is believed the gunman had came to Reina before on a stake-out, as he was very familiar with the layout of the club. Suspicions have been raised as to why the gunman was able to carry out the attack without any intervention. Police have said that they are investigating whether the gunman received help from someone on the inside. Reina's security team did not make any attempts to stop the gunman. There are allegations that if the gunman did not escape via the Bosphorus, then he must have escaped using one of three exits that can only be accessed by the security team.Galeri: New Year's Eve nightclub attack in Istanbul 540 guests were at Reina At the time of the attack, there were 540 guests at Reina. The gunman is believed to have visited Reina in the week prior to the attack, thus security footage from the around the area is being analyzed. Possible escape routes Police forces blocked off the district where the attack occurred, both on land and sea, in an attempt to find the unidentified gunman. Vehicles on the road where Reina is located were searched one by one, as were houses in the area. Allegations claiming the gunman escaped via the Bosphorus have emerged. Police searched the waters of the Bosphorus, but were not able to find the gunman. Security footage from Reina and nearby cameras are being analyzed. Video: Aerial view of Reina Nightclub Names of victims released Initial reports indicate that of the 39 people who lost their lives in the attack, 12 were Turkish, seven were Saudi Arabian, three were Iraqi, three were Jordanian, one was Indian, three were Lebanese, two were Tunisian, two were Moroccan and the remaining victims were from Canada, Syria, Quwait, Russia and Israel. As a result of the attack, 38 victims were shot dead and one victim was trampled to death as guests tried to escape. Video: Lebanese delegation arrives in Istanbul following New Year's Eve terror attack Daesh claims responsibility for Istanbul attack Coat contents of gunman behind Istanbul's Reina attack revealed
Daesh claims responsibility for Istanbul attack
Daesh terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the Istanbul attack that killed at least 39 people and wounded dozens of others in the early hours of New Year's Day. An attacker opened fire on party-goers at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul's Ortaköy district. At least 39 people, including a police officer, died in the assault. Sixty-nine people were also injured in the incident.Nationals of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, Israel, India, a Turkish-Belgian dual citizen and a Franco-Tunisian woman were among those killed in the attack Only days before the attack, an online message from a pro-Daesh terrorist group called for attacks by "lone wolves" on "celebrations, gatherings and clubs".Security services had been on alert across Europe for new year celebrations following an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people. Video: Aerial view of Reina Nightclub 'Terrorism cannot intimidate us' says Turkish premier Victims of Istanbul terror attack identified 22 Daesh terrorists killed in Syrian operation: Turkish military
Victims of Istanbul terror attack identified
Thirty-eight victims of the Istanbul nightclub attack have been identified, Turkish justice ministry sources said late on Sunday. At least 39 people, including a police officer, died after an attacker opened fire on partygoers at Reina nightclub in the city's Ortakoy district in the early hours of New Year's Day.39 killed in armed attack at Istanbul nightclub Video: Aerial view of Reina Nightclub Sixty-nine people were also hurt, with a number of foreigners among the dead and injured. Eleven of the dead were Turkish nationals and one was a Turkish-Belgium dual-national, said ministry sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media. Seven victims were from Saudi Arabia and had travelled to Istanbul to attend New Year's celebrations. Three of the dead were from Lebanon and Iraq each. Two nationals from Tunisia, India, Morocco and Jordan also died, sources said. Kuwait, Canada, Israel, Syria and Russia each lost one citizen in the attack. One victim remains unidentified. Turkish officials have not yet released the names of those identified.World condemns Istanbul nightclub attack
Manhunt underway after 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub gun attack
Police in Istanbul launched a manhunt on Sunday for a gunman who killed at least 39 people, many of them foreigners, at a nightclub packed with New Year's revellers, in an attack officials described as a terrorist act.The gunman shot his way into the Reina nightclub at around 1:15 a.m. (2215 GMT), just over an hour into the new year, killing a police officer and a civilian as he entered before opening fire at random inside.Some witnesses spoke of multiple attackers, but officials have not confirmed this.Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said 15 or 16 of those killed were foreigners but that only 21 of the bodies had so far been identified. He said 69 people were in hospital, four of them in a critical condition."A manhunt for the terrorist is underway. Police have launched operations. We hope the attacker will be captured soon," he told reporters.The club, one of Istanbul's most iconic that is popular with locals and foreigners alike, overlooks the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe and Asia in the city's cosmopolitan Ortaköy district.Around 500 to 600 people were thought to have been inside when the gunman opened fire, broadcaster CNN Türk said. Some jumped into the waters of the Bosphorus to save themselves and were rescued by police.Galeri: 39 killed in armed attack at Istanbul nightclub Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said the attacker had used a "long-range weapon" to "brutally and savagely" fire on people, apparently referring to some sort of assault rifle.U.S. President Barack Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, expressed condolences and directed his team to offer help to the Turkish authorities, the White House said.Şahin and Soylu both referred to a single attacker but other reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more, at least one of them wearing a Santa Claus costume which he later ditched in order to escape.The Hurriyet newspaper cited witnesses as saying there were multiple attackers and that they shouted in Arabic."We were having fun. All of a sudden people started to run. My husband said don't be afraid, and he jumped on me. People ran over me. My husband was hit in three places," one club-goer, Sinem Uyanık, told the newspaper."I managed to push through and get out, it was terrible," she said, describing seeing people soaked in blood and adding that there appeared to have been at least two gunmen.World condemns Istanbul nightclub attack 'Police moved quickly'Dozens of ambulances and police vehicles were dispatched to the club in Ortaköy, a neighbourhood on the city's European side nestled under one of three bridges crossing the Bosphorus and home to nightclubs, restaurants and art galleries."I didn't see who was shooting but heard the gun shots and people fled. Police moved in quickly," Sefa Boydaş, a Turkish soccer player, wrote on Twitter."My girlfriend was wearing high heels. I lifted her and carried her out on my back," he said.Hurriyet quoted Reina's owner, Mehmet Kocarslan, as saying security measures had been taken over the past 10 days after U.S. intelligence reports suggested a possible attack.39 killed in armed attack at Istanbul nightclub Turkey's top cleric decries Istanbul nightclub attack