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Reina nightclub attacker confesses - officials

Reina nightclub attacker confesses - officials
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By Catherine Hardy with Reuters
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Officials say the Uzbek national, who was born in 1983, had received training in Afghanistan.

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Officials in Turkey say the suspected Reina nightclub gunman, who was arrested overnight, has admitted carrying out the attack.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin says the man, whom he identified as Abdulgadir Masharipov, has admitted his guilt.

Sahin says Masharipov’s fingerprints matched those found at the scene.

There are strong indications he entered Turkey illegally through its eastern borders in January 2016, Sahip added, saying it is clear the attack was carried out on behalf of ISIL.

The details

The state-run news agency Anadolu has identified the man arrested as Abdulgadir Masharipov.

He was detained in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul.

UPDATE — Details behind the Istanbul Reina attack expected to be revealed as Turkish police capture attacker alive https://t.co/zXPjkeOQkipic.twitter.com/GCrZ96WS0B

— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) January 16, 2017

The Hurriyet newspaper says the suspected gunman was arrested in an apartment in a housing complex on the European side of Istanbul at around 11pm local time on Monday.

WATCH: Moment Turkish nightclub attacker arrested https://t.co/0fLPABoilM#Reinapic.twitter.com/ozHvwmlyiL

— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 17, 2017

Media outlets have published photographs of the alleged attacker with a black eye, a cut above his eyebrow and blood on his face and clothing.

A man from Iraq has also been arrested, along with three women from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia.

Are these the only people arrested?

No.

Dozens have been detained in connection with the attack.

Anadolu says other people were detained in raids across the city targeting Uzbek ISIL cells.

What happens now?

Anadolu says the suspect is being questioned at police headquarters in Istanbul.

Has anyone claimed responsibility for the Reina attack?

Yes.

It has been claimed by ISIL.

The group says it was in revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

What happened in the nightclub?

The attacker shot his way into the packed nightspot on January 1st.

He opened fire with an automatic rifle.

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39 people were killed. Dozens were injured.

Turkish citizens as well as nationals from several Arab countries, India and Canada were among those who died.

VIDEO: Reina attacker hid in parking lot, observed police https://t.co/VmnDMLBuFnpic.twitter.com/QOyyyVNenA

— Hürriyet Daily News (@HDNER) January 6, 2017

What they are saying

“Our war with terror and the powers behind it will continue to the end,” – Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

“He knew four languages and was well-educated,” – Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told a news conference.

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