Istanbul nightclub gunman ‘confesses’ to NYE attack after arrest

The man suspected of carrying out the New Year’s Eve shooting at an Istanbul nightclub has been arrested, Turkey’s prime minister has confirmed. Binali Yildirim said the man, identified as Uzbekistan-born Abdulkadir Masharipov, was being questioned by police over the attack at Reina nightclub, which killed 39 people and wounded 69 others. According to local TV, the suspect was arrested after a raid on a home in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district. He was reportedly found with his four-year-old son and four others - three women and one man.

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.

Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim

Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said Masharipov has confessed to carrying out the attack, and added that fingerprints found at the nightclub apparently matched the suspect. He is thought to have entered Turkey in January 2016 and received training in Afghanistan, Mr Sahin added. Masharipov underwent medical checks before being taken to a police station for questioning, Hurriyet newspaper reports. Turkish news channel NTV said police had established the suspect’s whereabouts four days ago, but delayed the raid so they could monitor his movements.