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Istanbul Nightclub Attacker Who Killed 39 Caught

Police have caught the alleged gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations
By The News · 16 of January 2017 16:25:58
Turkish police close the way to an attack in Istanbul on Sunday, January 1, 2017., Turkish police close the way to an attack in Istanbul on Sunday, January 1, 2017. At least 35 people were killed in an attack on Sunday by an individual who was presumably disguised as Santa Claus in a nightclub in the capital Turkish during New Year celebrations, said Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin. , Photo: AP

ISTANBUL — Turkish media reports say police have caught the alleged gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations.

 Dogan news agency and other media say the suspect was caught in Istanbul’s district of Esenyurt in a police operation late on Monday.

The man identified as the suspect had been on the run since the attack. Hurriyet newspaper and other media have identified the gunman as Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in reprisal for Turkish military operations in northern Syria.