Turkey arrests five in connection with terror attack, gunman still at large

The new arrests bring the total made in connection to the attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul to 17, though the now-identified shooter has not been found.
By Stephen Feller  |  Jan. 4, 2017 at 4:50 AM
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Turkish officials made five more arrests Wednesday in connection with the New Year's shooting at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, a day after releasing a picture of the shooter, who has not yet been caught.

The number of arrests in connection with the terror attack hit at least 17 on Wednesday with the new arrests, but police have not yet named or found the shooter, whose picture was released to the public on Tuesday.

Police arrested the five new people in the Aegean port city of Izmir, all of whom are believed to be members of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, which has claimed credit for the attack.

The unnamed man identified by police stormed the Reina nightclub on Jan. 1, randomly opening fire on people in the club, killing 39 and wounding as many as 70.

Police released a selfie, as well as a selfie video, of the suspect on Tuesday and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said they have identified the man but offered reporters no additional information.

TRT World news channel, however, reported that they had identified the suspect as 28-year-old Lakhe Mashrapov of Kyrgyzstan by comparing photos provided by police to passport photos

The attacker is believed to have been part of a larger network, or of the Islamic State itself, and officials say the video released this week was shared online sometime before or after the attack. CNN reported the selfie video was posted on the social network Telegram before Turkish media broadcast it for the first time.

Turkish officials said the number of people arrested in connection with the attack would likely rise, especially as the manhunt for the attacker continues.

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