- Title: Istanbul nightclub attacker from Uzbekistan, admits guilt - governor
- Date: 17th January 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JANUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** JOURNALISTS GATHERING OUTSIDE ISTANBUL POLICE DEPARTMENT SIGN (English and Turkish) READING: ISTANBUL POLICE DEPARTMENT VARIOUS OF ARMOURED POLICE VEHICLES MOVING GOVERNOR OF ISTANBUL, VASIP SAHIN, WALKING UP TO PODIUM CAMERAMEN AND PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GOVERNOR OF ISTANBUL, VASIP SAHIN, SAYING: "His name is Abdulgadir Masharipov. His cover name is Abu Muhammed Horasani Abdulkavi. He was born in Uzbekistan in 1983. He was trained in Afghanistan. He is a well-educated terrorist who speaks four languages." LINE OF CAMERAS FILMING NEWS CONFERENCE POLICE CORDON IN FRONT OF LINE OF CAMERAMEN AND PHOTOGRAPHERS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GOVERNOR OF ISTANBUL, VASIP SAHIN, SAYING: "The terrorist admitted his crime. His fingerprints matched those in the investigation." VARIOUS OF CAMERAMEN AND PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GOVERNOR OF ISTANBUL, VASIP SAHIN, SAYING: "He entered illegally. We have strong indications that he entered illegally in January from one of our eastern villages." SAHIN SPEAKING AT PODIUM WATCHED BY CAMERAMEN AND JOURNALISTS CLOSE BY (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GOVERNOR OF ISTANBUL, VASIP SAHIN, SAYING: "It is clear that this attack was carried out for Daesh (Islamic State)." JOURNALISTS STANDING NEXT TO SAHIN AS HE CONDUCTS NEWS CONFERENCE POLICE CORDON IN FRONT OF NEWS CONFERENCE TURKISH FLAGS AND RED CARNATIONS AT MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL OUTSIDE REINA NIGHTCLUB SIGN OF REINA NIGHTCLUB POLICE CAR PARKED OUTSIDE REINA NIGHTCLUB VARIOUS OF TURKISH FLAGS, PHOTOGRAPHS, FLOWERS AND WRITTEN TRIBUTES AT MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL OUTSIDE REINA NIGHTCLUB TRAFFIC PASSING BY REINA NIGHTCLUB
- Embargoed: 31st January 2017 09:12
- Keywords: Turkey gunman attack Reina perpetrator caught police station Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZGYEYV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish police have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day after a two-week manhunt, authorities said on Tuesday (January 17), seizing him with four other suspects at a hideout in an outlying suburb of the city.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin named the man as Abdulgadir Masharipov and said he was born in 1983 in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan. He had admitted his guilt and his fingerprints matched those at the scene, Sahin said.
He added that Masharipov was well-educated, spoke four languages and had entered Turkey illegally through its eastern borders.
"It is clear that this attack was carried out for Daesh (Islamic State)," he added.
Masharipov was seized with an Iraqi man and three women from Africa, one of them from Egypt, in the Esenyurt district on Istanbul's western outskirts.
Dozens of people have previously been detained in connection with the attack for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
On January 1, the attacker shot his way into the Reina nightclub then opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
Dogan news agency published a photo of the alleged attacker with a black eye, a cut above his eyebrow and bloodstains on his face and t-shirt. It broadcast footage showing plain-clothes police leading a man in a white t-shirt to a waiting car.
The suspect was being questioned at Istanbul police headquarters, while other people were detained in raids across the city targeting Uzbek Islamic State cells, state-run Anadolu news agency said.
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