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Turkish Nightclub Attack Suspect Has Ties to ISIS

The main suspect in a brutal nightclub massacre on New Year’s Day in Turkey has been linked to ISIS.

Just an hour into the new year, a lone gunman began shooting in Reina, crowded nightclub, killing at least 39 people and injuring at least 70 more. The club is a hotspot in the country and is a large hub of tourists. The act was immediately called one of terrorism and no one immediately came forward to claim responsibility.

The suspect escaped and a two-weeklong search for him began.

He was captured in Instanbul on Monday during a police raid and identified as Abdulgadir Masharipov, from Uzbekistan. Officials say he admitted being guilty to the crime and his fingerprints were matched at the scene.

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The day after the attack, ISIS came forward to take responsibility, calling it revenge for Turkey’s involvement in Syria.

Masharipov was captured with four other people. He had a pistol and almost two hundred thousand dollars in various currencies with him.

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