Turkish police have detained eight persons on suspicion of involvement in the terrorist attack at a nightclub in a Central district of Istanbul, which occurred on the night of 1 January, reports Daily Sabah, citing the interior Ministry.
Later this information was confirmed by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, according to Reuters. He stressed that the police also found a fingerprint data and appearance of the organizer of an armed attack. According to Vice-Premier, state of emergency, which operates in the country after the military coup on the night of 16 July, “will last as long as necessary.”
According to Daily Sabah, last week in Turkey was detained on suspicion of having links with the banned in Russia organization “Islamic state” dozens of people.
The attack on a nightclub in the Central district of Istanbul, Ortakoy occurred on the night of 1 January. An armed man with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, the man shot the security guard of the institution, and then burst into the room, where at that time there were more than 700 people and opened fire on the visitors. Victims of the attack were 39 people, among them 16 foreigners, including 28-year-old Russian Nurana Hasanova. Another 69 people were injured.
Responsibility for the attack claimed by ISIS militants. According to preliminary police data, the shooter could be a citizen of Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan, which is linked to the extremist group.