The New Year’s Eve attacker in Istanbul has finally been captured. He was responsible for the attack in an exclusive nightclub. A massive manhunt had been conducted to capture him.
Istanbul: New Year’s Eve Attacker Caught
After a long search, Turkish police finally arrested Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, after he was caught in the Esenyurt district of the nation. Masharipov has been proven to be the perpetrator of the Reina club attack, which left 39 people dead. Photographs of the alleged attacker were released, showing Masharipov heavily bruised. In the photo, he is wearing a gray T-shirt and is held by the throat.
While the manhunt was being conducted, there was fear that the gunman managed to escape Turkey. It was considered that he might have fled to territories held by the Islamic State. The terror group has already admitting to conducting the attack, according to BBC.
It was reported that police caught the suspect while he was with his four-year-old son. He was found in the home of a Kyrgyz friend in the city. Media reports stated that his friend was also detained, along with three women.
Currently, Turkish authorities are extremely relieved by his capture. However, they now face the greater challenge of securing Turkey. Improved intelligence must step up to stop the terror attacks destroying the country.
Istanbul: The Nightclub Attack
The nightclub attack took the lives of unarmed citizens from several nations. These included
citizens of Tunisia, Israel, Lebanon, France, India, Jordan, Belgium and Saudi Arabia. There were dozens of people who were injured as well.
The seven-minute attack in the nightclub took place during the overnight hours of New Year’s Eve/Day. The suspect stormed inside carrying an AK-47 assault rifle. While the rampage happened, Masharipov reportedly kept shouting, “Allahu Akbar.” After the attack, the gunman ran to the kitchen, changed his clothes and escaped, according to Washington Times.
Hurriyet Daily News reported that during the police raid, $150,000 were retrieved from the house. The money was reportedly the amount given to Masharipov. However, it was said he was unable to fetch the money due to the massive police hunt.