The main suspect in the New Year’s Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul has been arrested in the Turkish city.

Highlights

The New Year’s Day attack left 39 people dead

Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims

Police reportedly found the suspect along with his four year-old son at the home of a Kyrgyz friend in the city.

Details

Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead.

Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims, and dozens of people were injured.

The gunman arrived at the club by taxi early that Sunday, before rushing through the entrance with a long-barrelled gun he had taken from the boot of the car and shooting people celebrating the new year.

‘Medical checks’

Police reportedly found the suspect along with his four year-old son at the home of a Kyrgyz friend in the city.

According to the Hurriyet newspaper, he was due to undergo medical checks before being taken in for interrogation at a police headquarters.

Who is Abdulkadir Masharipov?

  • Originally from the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, he reportedly arrived in Konya, central Turkey, with his family at the beginning of 2016
  • Said to have assumed the name Ebu Muhammed Horasani
  • Described by Turkish media as a member of the Islamic State group

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