The shooter in the attack on a nightclub in Istabul on New year’s day has been arrested in Istanbul. The gunman who is believed to have been operating under the assumed name Ebu Muhammed Horasani, was arrested along with his son. The man’s real name is thought to be Abdulkadir Masharipov it is understood that he’s from Uzbekistan.
Mr Masharipov is to be charged with the murder of 39 people at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul in the early hours of new year’s day. At this stage it is too early to know if he was working directly from orders from ISIS, but the terrorist organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack. It has claimed the attack as part of its retaliation efforts against Turkey’s participation in war against them.
It is believed that the shooter arrived at the club by taxi before going on a shooting spree that killed 39 people and injured many more. It was the latest in a long line of attacks from so called Islamic state militants. The country’s conflict with the group in Syria is thought to be the main driver for the group’s near constant attacks on the country. Indeed Turkey has paid a heavy price for its military actions against the terrorist group. Almost 100 people in total were killed in Turkey last year over several incidents. The worst of these was the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport which cost 41 people their lives when shooters went on the rampage in one of the world’s busiest airports.
The man was arrested at the home of a friend in the city, and appeared to be bloodied. Police were thought to have taken the man to a hospital first to be checked over before his long interrogation begins. Hopefully then the world can find out exactly what drove the man to his horrific rampage in the early hours of new year’s day in a club full of people celebrating the new year. Turkey have promised to wipe out terrorism from the country, but in such a populous country and ISIS just over the border in Syria, it is hard to see how they are going to keep such a promise. But the people of Turkey will certainly hope that their government can at least stem the flow and try to prevent horrific attacks such as this in the future.
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