Istanbul Nightclub Attacker who Killed 39 Captured

Abdulkadir Masharipov, who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on the New Year’s eve has been detained in the city’s Esenyurt district, sources have confirmed.The attacker was caught as his son was near him.

The suspect was captured in a special operations police raid on a house in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district.  THe had been staying in the house belonging to a friend from Kyrgyzstan.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the nightclub massacre, saying the attack in the first hours of Jan. 1 was in reprisal for Turkish military operations in northern Syria. The man identified as the suspect had been on the run since the attack.

The suspect was to undergo medical checks before being taken to police headquarters for questioning.