- Title: Turkish PM confirms New Year's nightclub attacker captured
- Date: 17th January 2017
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (JANUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, BINALI YILDIRIM, STANDING NEXT TO MICROPHONES AS JOURNALISTS GATHER AROUND JOURNALISTS ON STEPS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, BINALI YILDIRIM, SAYING: "The despicable terrorist who attacked a nightclub on New Year's Eve and caused the death of many people was caught in Istanbul in a police operation yesterday. He is now under interrogation." REPORTERS LISTENING AND MAKING NOTES (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, BINALI YILDIRIM, SAYING: "There are many details to be laid out but since the investigation continues let me stop here. Our officials will share the details with the public in time. The most important thing is the perpetrator of this heinous attack is caught. The power behind this attack will be found." JOURNALISTS AND OFFICIALS ON STEPS DURING NEWS CONFERENCE TURKISH PRIME MINISTER WALKING UP STAIRS SURROUNDED BY JOURNALISTS AND OFFICIALS
- Embargoed: 31st January 2017 08:12
- Keywords: Turkey gunman attack Reina perpetrator caught police station Prime Minister Binali Yildirim
- Location: ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZGYE6F
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- Story Text: Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in a mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day after a two-week nationwide manhunt, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed on Tuesday (January 17).
State-run Anadolu news agency earlier said the alleged attacker, whom it and other media named as Abdulgadir Masharipov, was detained in Istanbul's outlying Esenyurt district.
The suspected gunman of Uzbek origin was caught in an apartment at a housing complex on the European side of Istanbul with his four-year-old son at around 11 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Monday (January 16), the Hurriyet newspaper website said.
"The despicable terrorist who attacked a nightclub on New Year's Eve and caused the death of many people was caught in Istanbul in a police operation yesterday. He is now under interrogation," the Turkish Prime Minister said.
"The power behind this attack will be found," he added.
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.
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