Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced Wednesday that government officials and authorities have identified the presumed ISIS-affiliated terrorist who slaughtered 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub.
Much to the frustration of the average citizen, however, neither the minister nor President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will identify the name of the wanted individual.
“The identity of the person who carried out the attack on the Reina nightclub has been established,” Cavusoglu told state-run news agency Anadolu in a television interview. However, he refrained from giving the name of the suspect, likely due to Turkish media having twice published incorrect names or pictures of a possible culprit since the attack.
Evidently, progress is being made following the detainment of five suspected ISIS militants believed to be linked to the attack. They were arrested in the Aegean port city of Izmir. According to other Turkish media outlets, the suspect’s wife has also been detained, though she claimed to police she had no idea that her husband was linked to ISIS.
Caution and security levels within major cities of Turkey remain on high alert. In particular, police in Istanbul have set up checkpoints and have been stopping and searching vehicles.
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