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Official: Istanbul attack executed in IS' group name

AP , Tuesday 17 Jan 2017
Istanbul attacker
A frame grab made from a video which was distributed by Turkish police and released on January 3, 2017, shows a man, the suspected gunman behind the attack at Reina nightclub, taking a selfie in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo: Reuters)
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Istanbul's governor says that the New Year's nightclub attack that killed 39 people was executed on behalf of the Islamic State group.

Vasip Sahin told reporters that "It is clear that this was carried out in the name of Daesh." He was using an Arabic acronym for the militant group.

Sahin also confirmed the identity of the suspected gunman, who is now in custody and being questioned, saying he is an Uzbekistan national who had trained in Afghanistan.

 

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