- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2017

Turkish media are reporting that the man suspected of carrying out the New Year’s Day terrorist attack has been arrested.

According to the Daily Sabah, Abdulgadir Masharipov “was captured by Turkish security forces late Monday.”

The pro-government newspaper said the Uzbek national “was caught in his Kyrgyz friend’s house in Esenyurt district of Istanbul.” It also published multiple photos of the arrest, one of which showed Mr. Masharipov’s bloodied face.

The shooting attack on the Reina nightclub in the Besiktas district of Istanbul killed 39 people and wounded 70 others. Mr. Masharipov was arrested just 25 miles away from the attack site.

The seven-minute attack in the overnight hours of New Year’s Eve/Day was carried out with an AK-47 assault rifle and the gunman kept shouting “Allahu Akbar” during his rampage.

After rampaging through the club, the attacker retired to the kitchen, changed his clothes and escaped.

The attack was largely caught on nightclub security cameras and Turkish authorities and terrorism analysts promptly discerned that the attacker must have had military training.

The Islamic State quickly claimed the attack, stating that “struck one of the most famous nightclubs where the Christians celebrate their apostate holiday.”

The statement also called Turkey the defender of Christianity and said the attack was also in retaliation for Turkish support of the Syrian government in its fight with the Islamist militia.

The Turkish military conducted several retaliatory strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.

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