Istanbul nightclub attack suspect captured after two weeks on the run

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The suspected gunman who attacked an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve, killing 39 people, has been arrested by Turkish authorities.

Officials said on Tuesday that he is an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and has confessed to the massacre.

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 a tumultuous 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.”

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SOURCE: News Now/ Belfast Telegraph

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