Turkey nightclub attack: Arrests in hunt for gunman

Media captionFootage shows a assailant indicating his gun as he approaches a Reina nightclub

Turkish troops have launched raids in Istanbul and arrested 12 people, as a hunt for an assailant who killed 39 people in a nightclub intensifies.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus pronounced authorities had fingerprints and a simple description, and vowed to “speedily” brand a suspect.

Some 600 revellers were in a Reina nightclub early on Sunday when a gunman attacked.

The Islamic State (IS) organisation pronounced it was behind a attack.

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There are some reports in Turkish media that a authorities know a man’s temperament though have not done it public.

Police have expelled new images pronounced to be of a think though have not nonetheless named him.

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Undated images of a think expelled by Turkish police

Turkish media reports quote troops sources as observant he might have been from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan.

Police are questioning either a think belongs to an IS dungeon blamed for an conflict in Jun on Ataturk airfield in Istanbul.

Reports advise he trafficked to Turkey with his mother and dual children in Nov to equivocate detection, and that his family are among those detained.

Mr Kurtulmus pronounced a nightclub conflict was a “message” opposite Turkey’s operations in Syria though that they would not be affected.

Turkey launched a troops operation in Aug directed during pulling behind IS and Kurdish forces, with some of a many complete new fighting opposite IS around a northern city of al-Bab.

IS pronounced in a matter that a conflict was carried out by “a drastic soldier” and indicted Turkey of shedding a blood of Muslims by “its atmosphere strikes and trebuchet attacks” in Syria.

Although IS has been related to other attacks in Turkey, it has not claimed shortcoming before.

‘Shooting randomly’

Early on Sunday, a gunman arrived during a bar by cab before rushing by a opening with a long-barrelled gun he had taken from a foot of a car.

Media caption“I was thinking… we are going to die in a bathroom” – conflict survivor Tuvana Tugsavult

The assailant dismissed incidentally during people in an conflict durability 7 minutes, starting with a confidence ensure and a transport representative nearby a entrance. Both were killed.

The gunman is reported to have altered garments before journey a chaos.

About two-thirds of those killed were foreign, according to internal media.

Victims by nationality

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Hundreds weep Turkish plant Yunus Gormek during his wake in Istanbul

  • Turkey: 11
  • Saudi Arabia: 7
  • Iraq: 3
  • Lebanon: 3
  • Jordan, India, Morocco: dual nationals from any country
  • Germany, Syria, Israel, France-Tunisia, Tunisia, Belgium, Kuwait, Canada, Russia: one inhabitant from any country

The victims

The physique of one of those who died has nonetheless to be identified.

At slightest 69 people are being treated in hospital, officials said, with 3 in a critical condition.

Barman Mehmet Yilan, 36, pronounced a gunman “stormed in and immediately headed for a people to a left, that is always some-more crowded… he seemed to know where to go.

“He was sharpened incidentally though aiming for their top bodies. He didn’t wish to only harm them.”

The nightclub, that sits on a banks of a Bosphorus, is one of Istanbul’s many select venues – renouned with foreigners and mostly busy by singers and sports stars.

Reported IS attacks in Turkey

20 Aug 2016: Bomb conflict on marriage celebration in Gaziantep kills during slightest 30 people, in an conflict claimed by IS

28 Jun 2016: A gun and explosve conflict on Ataturk airfield in Istanbul kills 41 people, blamed on IS militants

19 Mar 2016: Suicide explosve kills 4 people in selling travel in Istanbul. IS blamed

12 Jan 2016: 12 Germans killed by IS bomber in traveller area of Istanbul

10 Oct 2015: More than 100 killed during assent convene outward railway hire in Ankara; blamed on IS

20 Jul 2015: 34 people killed in bombing in Suruc, nearby Syrian border; IS blamed

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