Erdogan has been supporting ISIS-Al Qaeda in its quest to overthrow Assad in Syria for over six years.
When ISIS supporters attack Turkish citizens, Erdogan makes sure they pay a heavy price.
This duplicitous political game is coming to a swift end.
After a two-week manhunt, Turkish police have finally captured the man behind the Istanbul nightclub attack that killed 39 people on New Year’s Day.
Abdulgadir Masharipov and four other suspects were caught at a hideout in an outlying suburb of the city.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said Masharipov was born in 1983 in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan.
Masharipov admitted his guilt and his fingerprints matched those at the scene according to Sahin.
“He knew four languages and was well-educated.”
‘There were strong indications he entered Turkey illegally through its eastern borders in January 2016 and it was clear the attack was carried out on behalf of Islamic State.’
An Iraqi man and three women from Africa were also captured in connection with the attack.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, said on Twitter…
“I congratulate our police who caught the perpetrator of the Ortakoy massacre.”
“Our war with terror and the powers behind it will continue to the end.”
Dogan news agency published a photo of Masharipov (the alleged ISIS shooter) beaten to a pulp…with a black eye, a cut above his eyebrow and blood on his face and shirt.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 16, 2017
Dozens of people have previously been detained in connection with the attack for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.
On Jan. 1, the attacker shot his way into the Reina nightclub then opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
Turks as well as visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among those killed in the attack.
Masharipov was caught in an apartment at a housing complex in Esenyurt at around 11 pm (2000 GMT) on Monday.
The shooting in Istanbul’s Ortakoy neighborhood, an upscale district on the Bosphorus shore, came after a year in which NATO member Turkey was shaken by a series of attacks by radical Islamist and Kurdish militants and by a failed coup.
President Tayyip Erdogan has said the attack, which targeted a club popular with local celebrities and moneyed foreigners, had been being exploited to try to divide the largely Sunni Muslim nation.
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