Turkey formally arrests New Year’s nightclub attack suspect

Abdulgadir Masharipov, the Islamic State militant

Abdulgadir Masharipov, the main suspect of the New Year’s Eve Istanbul night club attack in which 39 people were killed and 65 injured, has been formally arrested today, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

At least 39 people, including a police officer, were killed when 34-year-old Uzbek citizen Abdulkadir Masharipov opened fire on New Year’s Eve revellers at the Reina nightclub in the Ortaköy neighbourhood at about 1:15am on 1 January.

Masharipov was captured in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul late on 16 January and his interrogation is still ongoing. Masharipov has been charged with “being a member of an armed terrorist group, intentional killing, attempting to remove constitutional order, and possession of heavy weapons”.

Four other people, including a man of Kyrgyz origin and three women including his wife, were also detained along with Masharipov. The wife of the suspect, Nurullayeva had earlier claimed that her son had been kidnapped by IS militants.