Turkish Police May Know Identity of Gunman in Istanbul Nightclub Attack


Turkish media reported Tuesday that investigators may know the identity of the gunman suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub.

The gunman, who is still at large, hasn’t been identified but the Dogan News Agency and other Turkish media, citing police, reported that he may be aged around 25 and from a Central Asian nation such as Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan.

Turkey earlier said it was close to identifying the gunman after obtaining his fingerprints and descriptions. Amid reporting restrictions imposed by Turkish authorities few details have been released and there have been conflicting reports over the gunman’s identity.

The Haber Turk newspaper said the man may be a member of China’s Muslim Uighur minority. It said he arrived in the Turkish city of Konya with his wife and two children. His family was detained, it said.

Eight other suspects have been detained over alleged links to the deadly attack.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Kim Hjelmgaard