Istanbul Police Arrest Suspect, 4 Others In Reina Nightclub Shooting

Foldernews.com Police in Istanbul have arrested a suspect in the deadly New Year’s Eve attack on the Reina nightclub along with four others, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu.

The suspect, who has not been named, was arrested late Monday, Andalou reported, citing security sources. A man of Kyrgyz origin and three women were taken into custody with the accused attacker, Anadolu and Turkish media reported.

The arrests took place during a police operation in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, the sources told Andalou, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The attack left 39 people dead and dozens more injured after a gunman opened fire in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, turning an evening of revelry into a nightmare. It was a dismaying start to a new year that had been preceded by multiple acts of terror in 2016.
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This still photo, taken from surveillance footage and released on Monday, January 2, is believed to show the gunman responsible for carrying out a New Year’s Day attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul. The popular nightclub was attacked shortly after midnight on Sunday, January 1. At least 39 people were killed and 69 were wounded, Turkey’s Interior Minister said. Authorities are still searching for the attacker.
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A Turkish special forces officer stands near the Reina nightclub on January 2. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted to Twitter.
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A friend of someone killed in the attack reacts near victims’ pictures outside the nightclub on January 2.
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A police officer inspects cars near the scene on January 2.
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People carry the coffin of Yunus Gormek, a victim of the attack, during a funeral ceremony in Istanbul on January 2.
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People mourn outside the Forensic Medical Center in Istanbul on January 1.
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Relatives of Ayhan Arik, one of the victims of the attack, cry during a funeral ceremony in Istanbul on January 1.
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An ambulance rushes from the scene of the attack on January 1.
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A woman is consoled at the site of the attack.
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Medics wheel a stretcher at the scene.
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Police officers stand guard.
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A wounded victim is rushed from the scene.
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Medics and security officials work at the scene of the attack.
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A declaration of war?

An intense manhunt had been underway for the suspect.
Turkish state-run media and other outlets said police gave them this photo of the suspect in the Istanbul nightclub attack. Cable News Network International could not independently verify it.

Within three days after the shooting Turkish police said they had identified the suspect and circulated his image but did not identify him. At the time authorities said he was believed to have acted alone.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in what analysts called a potential turning point. ISIS has typically refrained from claiming responsibility for attacks in Turkey to create “an environment of suspicion in Turkish politics,” analyst Soner Cagaptay wrote for Cable News Network International in 2016.

ISIS’ claim of responsibility for the nightclub attack could be seen as a “a declaration of war on Turkey,” Cable News Network International intelligence and security analyst Bob Baer said.

‘An immense wave of relief’

The nightclub was a glittering waterside venue frequented by Turkey’s wealthy secular millennials and international celebrities. Ortakoy, where Reina is located, is a vibrant seaside neighborhood that caters to a wide range of people, from the uber-rich who party at clubs like Reina to students who buy stuffed baked potatoes from vendors along the Bosphorus shore.

Around 1:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the gunman shot and killed a police officer who was guarding the front gate, then rushed inside, spraying gunfire. Revelers jumped into the freezing waters of the Bosphorus to escape the chaos.
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The nightclub’s owner, Memet Korcarslan, told Cable News Network International he felt “an immense wave of relief rush through me” upon hearing the news.

“I think a huge weight has been lifted off the shoulders of all the victims and their families just knowing that this man is no longer walking free,” he said.

“The Turkish police and Turkish intelligence have carried out a very successful operation by catching him alive. I hope they will find anyone else who was involved with this heinous attack.”

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