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Istanbul attack: Nightclub killer identified by Turkish authorities as 'Isis militants' arrested




The gunman behind the Istanbul nightclub attack has been identified by authorities investigating the atrocity, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
The hunt for the on-the-run attacker intensified as police arrested five suspected Islamic State militants connected to the murder of 39 people at a New Year’s Eve party.
Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “The identity of the person who carried out the attack has been determined.”
His announcement, which gave no other details, came less than 24 hours after state media, citing police sources, wrongly identified the attacker as Krgyzstan man Iakhe Mashrapov.
The 28-year-old denied any involvement saying he had been questioned by Turkish police because of his physical resemblance to the alleged attacker, but was cleared and allowed to go home.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
Turkish security sources said the gunman appeared to have been trained in guerilla warfare and may have been involved in the conflict.
The gunman shot dead a police officer and a civilian at the entrance to the the Reina nightclub nightclub Ortakoy on Sunday then opened fire with an automatic rifle inside, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
The Haberturk newspaper said police investigations revealed that the gunman had entered Turkey from Syria and went to the central city of Konya in November, travelling with his wife and two children so as not to attract attention.

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