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Turkish police identify Istanbul nightclub terrorist as Uzbek citizen

Sunday, January 8, 2017 6:26
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. January 8, 2017, 2:55 PM (IDT)

Turkey’s police on Sunday identified the terrorist who carried out the New Year’s Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub as Abdulkadir Masharipov, a citizen of Uzbekistan. The terrorist, who has resided in Turkey since 2011, came to Istanbul from the city of Konya in central Turkey in mid-December. A new video from the Reina nightclub’s security cameras shows one of the revelers kick Masharipov, resulting in the explosion of a concussion grenade that the terrorist was holding. Masharipov sustained a minor injury to his hand and lost consciousness for several seconds, but woke up and fled the scene. The attack killed 39 people, including an 18-year-old Israeli woman, and wounded about 70 others. 

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