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Turkish Police: Citizen of Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan is Behind Nightclub Attack

© REUTERS / Osman OrsalPolice secure the area near an Istanbul nightclub, following a gun attack, in Turkey, January 1, 2017.
Police secure the area near an Istanbul nightclub, following a gun attack, in Turkey, January 1, 2017. - Sputnik International
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A citizen of Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan related to the Daesh terrorist group is suspected in the terrorist attack at Reina club in Istanbul, CNN Turk TV channel reported on Monday citing local police services.

Turkish special force police officers and ambulances are seen at the site of an armed attack January 1, 2017 in Istanbul. - Sputnik International
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The police reportedly arrested and interrogated 63 Daesh militants in different Turkish cities on December 28-31. They obtained information about a possible involvement of a citizen of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in the attack.

​The Reina nightclub on Istanbul's European side was attacked during New Year's eve celebrations by a man who, according to witnesses, was talking in Arabic. The attacker is said to have opened fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle. The manhunt is underway.

At least 39 people were killed, including 16 foreigners, and 69 injured as a result of the attack, according to the Turkish Interior Ministry.

 

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