The main suspect believed to have killed 39 people at Reina nightclub in Istanbul New Year's eve has confessed after Turkish police captured him, according to a statement by a local governor on Tuesday.
Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin announced: "The terrorist confessed his crime," after revealing the man's identity to be Abdulgadir Masharipov from Uzbekistan.
Turkish police captured Masharipov after a long manhunt and during a massive police operation in the Esenyurt district, a residential area of Istanbul. The suspect had been on the run for 17 days, after the attack on the glamorous Reina nightclub on the Bosphorus.
Capturing the suspect alive will be seen as a major victory for the Turkish security forces and he may be able to shed light on the existence of other Daesh cells in the city.
Turkish police found Masharipov in an apartment along with his four-year-old son. The son is now under protection, official reports said.
Four other suspects were detained, including three women from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia and a man from Kyrgyzstan who rented the apartment.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the massacre. It was the first time the extremist organization openly claimed a major attack in Turkey.
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