Turkey gunman was ‘arrested in Iran’ before attack

The suspected gunman behind the new year’s eve Istanbul club attack, Abdulkadir Masharipov, was arrested in Iran before heading to Turkey, Turkish daily Milliyet said in its Tuesday edition.


Masharipov, who was arrested in Istanbul on Monday night, admitted to carrying out the attack that left 39 people dead. (Photo courtesy: Haberler.com)

The newspaper added that Masharipov was then able to escape Iran and enter Turkey through the borders at Agri.
Turkish and Iranian media did not report on why he was arrested in Iran or how he escaped from custody or where he was being detained.


He confessed that he had cooperated with ISIS and had recieved military training in Afghanistan.
Some Turkish media outlets only reported that Masharipov sneaked through the eastern borders into Turkey and stayed in Konya with his wife and children and then headed to December 16 to Istanbul/
Masharipov, who was arrested in Istanbul on Monday night, admitted to carrying out the attack that left 39 people dead. He said he is an Uzbek national and confessed that he had cooperated with ISIS and had recieved military training in Afghanistan.
He is believed to speak several languages, including Arabic, Russian, Persian, Chinese and Uzbek, according to Turkish media reports.
Source: Al arabiya

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