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Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 in New Year's Eve massacre caught in city's Esenyurt district

This handout picture released by the Turkish police and taken from Dogan News Agency on January 16, 2017 shows the main suspect in the Reina nightclub rampage captured by Turkish police after a gunman killed 39 people, including many foreigners, in an attack at an upmarket nightclub in Istanbul where revellers were celebrating the New Year
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The gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said on Monday night.
The man, who media quoted police as saying had operated under the cover name Abu Muhammed Horasani, was caught in a hideout with his four-year-old son, Hurriyet newspaper said.
Dozens of people have previously been detained in connection with the attack for which Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
A gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said
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On Jan 1, the attacker shot his way into the Reina nightclub then opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
Turks as well as visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among those killed in the attack.
A Turkish police handout picture made avalible on January 2, 2017 of the suspect
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Horasani was described as being of Uzbek origin by the Haberturk website, which said he was caught at a housing complex in Esenyurt district, on the European side of the city.
There were three people in the apartment where he was caught, the home of a Kyrgyz friend of his to which he had gone three days earlier, Haberturk said.
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According to state-run Anadolu news agency, five people were detained in the operation, including the alleged perpetrator, a man of Kyrgyz origin and three women. It said simultaneous raids were being conducted on other cells linked to the group.
The shooting in Istanbul's Ortakoy neighbourhood, an upscale district on the Bosphorus shore, came after a year in which Nato member Turkey was shaken by a series of attacks by radical Islamist and Kurdish militants and by a failed coup.
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One security source said in the wake of the attack that the gunman appeared to have been well-versed in guerrilla warfare and may have trained in Syria.
President Tayyip Erdogan said the attack, which targeted a club popular with local celebrities and foreigners, had been exploited to try to divide the largely Sunni Muslim nation.
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