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Theresa May to meet Recep Erdogan in Turkey

Theresa May and Recep Erdogan will meet Credit: PA

Theresa May will visit Turkey on Saturday to meet the country's President Recep Erdogan.

Downing Street announced on Tuesday plans for the Prime Minister to travel to the Mediterranean country.

It is expected the pair will discuss the struggle against terror groups such as so-called Islamic State.

Turkey was the target of a terrorist attack in the early hours of New Year's Day when a gunman shot dead 39 people in a popular Istanbul nightclub.

It will also be May's first visit to Turkey as PM and comes in the wake of Erdogan's clampdown on opponents following the failed coup in July last year.

The Prime Minister will fly direct to Ankara from the US, where she is meeting Donald Trump on Friday.

Images show house where Reina suspect was arrested

Images from inside the house show a broken door Credit: via AP

Turkish media has shown footage of the house where the man accused of carrying out the Reina nightclub attack was arrested.

Images from inside the house, which is reported as being in the city's Esenyurt district, show a broken door and dirty kitchen.

Credit: via AP
Credit: via AP

Police sources say that since the attack in the early hours of New Year's Day the suspect, named as Abdulkadir Masharipov, never left Istanbul.

But he is thought to have changed locations within the city several times ahead of his arrest.

Credit: via AP

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Scores detained in operation to capture Reina gunman

Vasip Sahin said 50 people had been detained in the operation to arrest Masharipov

Istanbul's governor has said that 50 people were detained in the operation to apprehend the man suspected of carrying out the Reina nightclub attack.

Vasip Sahin said that three women and an Iraqi man had been arrested alongside Abdulkadir Masharipov.

He said the attack, which killed 39 people, had been carried out on behalf of the so-called Islamic State group.

Istanbul nightclub gunman 'admitted his guilt'

Vasip Sahin said Masharipov's fingerprints matched those of the attacker Credit: AP

The man arrested over the Reina nightclub attack has admitted he carried out the attack, Istanbul's governor has said.

Vasip Sahin told assembled journalists that the man had been identified as Abdulkadir Masharipov and that his fingerprints matched those of the attacker.

He said that Maharipov, an Uzbekistan national, had received training in Afghanistan and entered Turkey illegally.

Mr Sahin said it was clear that Maharipov had carried out the attack on behalf of the so-called Islamic State group.

Turkey PM confirms arrest of Reina gunman

Binali Yildirim confirmed the gunman's arrest Credit: AP

Turkey's prime minister has confirmed the arrest of the man accused of carrying out the New Year attack on the Istanbul nightclub in which 39 people were killed.

Binali Yildirim on Tuesday said he hopes the interrogation of the arrested Reina nightclub gunman will reveal the "forces" behind the attack.

He did not provide further details on the arrest or the investigation, saying authorities would provide details "in time."

Deputy PM praises police for detaining terror suspect

Numan Kurtulmus said Turkey's war with terror continues. Credit: AP

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister has congratulated police for detaining the suspected gunman accused of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day.

Numan Kurtulmus, who is also the government spokesman, wrote 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."

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