Uzbek man confesses to Istanbul nightclub attack
Turkish police on Tuesday raided an Istanbul apartment and detained Abdulgadir Masharipov after a massive week-long manhunt.
JOHANNESBURG - A 34-year-old Uzbek man has confessed to mowing down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve.
In a dramatic assault in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Turkish police raided an Istanbul apartment and detained Abdulgadir Masharipov after a massive week-long manhunt.
Authorities have revealed that the terrorist was trained in Afghanistan and can speak four languages.
The arrest will come as a relief to Istanbul residents, already on edge after a string of attacks, who had feared for more than a fortnight that a trained killer was on the loose in the city.
Dozens of people have previously been detained in connection with the attack for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
On 1 January, the attacker shot his way into the Reina nightclub, then opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
Turks as well as visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among those killed in the attack.
Additional reporting by Reuters.