Turkish Security Forces Say They Are ‘Closing In’ on Istanbul Nightclub Gunman


Turkish security forces have determined the identity, possible whereabouts and contacts of a gunman who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub, a government official said Thursday.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak told A Haber news channel that the gunman who attacked Istanbul’s upscale Reina nightclub Sunday was most likely from China’s Muslim Uighur minority and a “specially trained member of a (terror) cell,” the Associated Press reported.

“We can say that the circle is closing in on him,” Kaynak told the news channel.

Kaynak said authorities believe the gunman, whose name hasn’t been revealed to the public, is in Turkey, although they have not ruled out the possibility he may have escaped the country, the AP reported.

“Because we have taken utmost measures at our airports — even though we don’t rule it out completely — we believe that we will get results from operations inside Turkey,” he said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Durando