A man who is believed to have shot and killed 39 people at the Reina bar in Istanbul on New Year’s even has been arrested, it has emerged.
Reports say the man arrested is named as Abdulkadir Masharipov who was captured in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul along with his four-year-old son.
Photos have emerged of the suspect looking bloodied and bruised and one with what appears to be a policeman with his boot on his head.
Masharipov, 28, is believed to have shot young revellers bringing in the New Year in a blood bath at the Istanbul nightclub on the last night of 2016.
Those killed include the chief of security at the Reina nightclub, a Lebanese banker, a female security guard and the daughter of a prominent Lebanese businessman.
Turkish police released the identities of the 39 dead as a manhunt for their brutal jihadi killer got underway two weeks ago.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack after the attacker arrived in a taxi and rampaged through the exclusive club, spraying 180 bullets from six magazines into the crowd.
The terror group said the killer was a “heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians were celebrating their pagan feast”.
The dead also included 25 foreign nationals from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Tunisia, India, Morocco, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Canada, Israel, Syria and Russia.
Turkish Fatih Cakmak, 35, the club’s head of security, was shot dead on the steps of the venue and bus driver Ayhan Arik, was also killed in front of the entrance.
The father of two had been working with transport to the club that evening.
Mother of a three-year-old child Hatice Karcilar also lost her life while working as a security guard at the club.
Rita Sami, 26, daughter of Ilyas Schami, a prominent Lebanese businessman was also shot dead by the gunman who screamed “Allahu Akhbar”.
Police officer Burak Yildiz, 21, from Mersin in southern Turkey, was also killed – shortly after he posted on Facebook about colleagues killed in previous terror attacks, saying, “your bravery is not matched by your age”, according to Turkish media.
Masharipov is currently in custody in the main police station in Istanbul.