Turkey Nightclub Shooter Confesses


An Uzbekistan native arrested in Turkey this week has confessed to committing the mass shooting in Istanbul’s Reina nightclub. The suspect, Abdulgadir Masharipov, killed 39 people and injured dozens more in the attack on the New Year’s Eve.

Masharipov’s mass assault on the nightclub has been deemed an ISIS-influenced terrorist attack by Turkish authorities. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin broke the news on Tuesday, after 168 foreigners were investigated by authorities on suspicion of being terrorists.

“The terrorist actually said that he did it,” said Sahin. “During this operation we have gone through 152 addresses, and in these operations, we detained 50 people.”

Masharipov, 34, was born and educated in Afghanistan. In January 2016, he immigrated to Turkey and went by the code name Abu Mohammed Khorasani Abdulkavi.
Along with Masharipov, one Iraqi man and three women from different countries in the Middle East were also detained during the course of the investigation.

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