Reina nightclub attacker Abdulgadir Masharipov, who killed 39 people in a nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year's Eve, has been captured by Turkish security forces late Monday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
The Uzbek attacker was caught in a Daesh terror cell in Esenyurt district of Istanbul after a weeks-long intense hunt conducted by the Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT) and Istanbul police.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Istanbul Governor Vasip Åžahin confirmed that the Reina nightclub attack assailant is Abdulgadir Masharipov, who was born in Uzbekistan in 1983. Åžahin said that Masharipov was trained in Afghanistan, and he is a professional terrorist who knows four languages.
Åžahin stated that Masharipov admitted carrying out the terror attack on the nightclub, killing 39 people.
Answering to a reporter's question regarding the links of the terrorist, Åžahin said that the police is assessing further intelligence but it is very clear that this attack was carried out on behalf of Daesh terrorist group.
Åžahin said that Masharipov's son was not with him when he was caught. He added that the police seized $197,000 from the house Masharipov was captured.