Police may have found Istanbul nightclub attacker

Turkish police say they may have found the gunman who opened fire on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day killing 39 people and wounding 70 more.

Here's what we know about him:

  • The attacker was a lone gunman who opened fire in the Reina nightclub in the Ortakoy district of Istanbul at around 1.30am on New Year's Day
  • He was captured on CCTV before and after the incident
  • His identity has been established but officials have not publicly released his name
  • It is thought he is a member of the Uighur community - a Muslim group who live in western China
  • More than 50 people, including the suspect's wife, have been detained in connection with the attack

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Hunt to find Istanbul attacker growing 'increasingly urgent'

The hunt to find the gunman behind the Reina nightclub attack in Turkey which left 39 people dead and up to 70 wounded is growing "increasingly urgent by the hour", ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo warns.

Speaking from Istanbul, he told how 72 hours into the investigation "we don't know who the suspect is, investigators don't know where he is", adding authorities were not saying why they are yet to reveal the identity of the suspect.

He continued the need to find the Istanbul attacker is "far more urgent" than it was to find Anis Amri, the suspect behind the Berlin Christmas market attack, because "this is not a lone wolf, this is perhaps someone who was perhaps directed or commissioned straight from Raqqa, from the heart, from the top of so-called Islamic State".

'Two of 14 arrested collaborated with Istanbul gunman'

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Sally Lockwood

Two of the 14 people arrested in connection with the attack at Reina nightclub in Istanbul are linked to the suspect and phone records show they collaborated with the gunman, police sources have confirmed to ITV News.

They added that the two were attempting to flee Turkey following the identification of the suspect.

ITV News Correspondent Sally Lockwood is in Istanbul following the attack which left 39 people dead and up to 70 wounded.

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Funerals of two Istanbul attack victims held in Lebanon

Relatives and friends of Elias Wardini grieve at his funeral. Credit: AP

The funerals of two Lebanese victims of the Istanbul terror attack were held on Tuesday.

The funerals of Haykal Mousallem and Elias Wardini took place, while the funeral of the third Lebanese victim, Rita Shami, will take place on Thursday.

The bodies of the three arrived in Beirut on Monday night, wrapped in Lebanese flags.

At the funeral of 26-year-old fitness instructor, Elias Wardini, his friends set off fireworks as his coffin arrived at a church in the capital.

Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, announced one hour of national mourning for the victims.

Four other Lebanese nationals were injured in the attack.

Queen offers condolences following Turkey attack

Queen Elizabeth II Credit: PA

The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, following the terror attack in an Istanbul nightclub which left 39 people dead and around 70 wounded.

In a statement, Queen Elizabeth II said: "Prince Philip and I were saddened to learn of the terrible attack in Istanbul on New Year's Day.

"Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the wounded, and with the Turkish people at this time."

Officials probe reports Istanbul suspect is Kyrgyz citizen

A video has emerged showing the alleged suspect recording a selfie in Istanbul's Takim Square.

Security officials from the Asian nation Kyrgyzstan have said they are checking reports the man wanted over the Istanbul nightclub attack is a Kyrgyz citizen.

The Kyrgyz security service said it was keeping in touch with Turkish officials with the suspect still at large.

Meanwhile, Turkey's state-run news agency has confirmed six more people have been detained in connection with the attack, raising the number of held suspects to 14.

Anadolu Agency said police were receiving numerous reports of sightings or tips from citizens, after the release of photos and videos of the alleged gunman, who has not been publicly identified.

Some 32 people wounded in the New Year's Eve attack that killed 39 remain in hospital, with four still critical.

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Wife of Istanbul club attack suspect detained in Turkey

A video has emerged showing the alleged suspect recording a selfie in Istanbul's Takim Square.

The wife of the man believed to have carried out the Istanbul nightclub attack has been detained in Turkey, ITV News reporter Sally Lockwood has reported from Istanbul.

Turkish authorities have said they are making progress in identifying the gunman, who is still at large.

At least 12 people have been detained in connection with the attack that killed 39 people.

Police continue hunt for Istanbul gunman

Police in Turkey are continuing to search for the suspect behind the Istanbul nightclub attack by focusing their attention on the Zeytinburnu area of the city.

ITV News Correspondent Sally Lockwood is in Istanbul and said: "This is the neighbourhood where they're focusing their attention tonight.

"We know it's from here the gunman took a taxi to the club to carry out the attack and it's here he asked a second taxi driver to bring him back as he fled the scene.

"The big question now is where he went from there, and tonight it's this area special forces and police are focusing their manhunt to find him."

Meanwhile ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo said the attack was a "significant gear-change from IS".

He said the Istanbul attack was "a declaration of an all-out public conflict with Turkey."

He added: "[The so-called Islamic State's use of] flowery language - in its claim of responsibility - matches the statement that came out of Brussels and after Paris - rather than the short, brisk statement that came out of Nice and Berlin.

"They appear to be saying 'this was no lone wolf. This came centrally, directed, commissioned from Syria, from the heart of IS, from the top of IS'."

Istanbul attack suspect 'recorded video selfie'

A video has emerged showing the alleged suspect behind the Reina nightclub attack recording a selfie in Istanbul's Takim Square.

Turkish police have not revealed the man's identity, but have said they are close to identifying him after obtaining his fingerprints.

The video has emerged after police carried out an operation in the Zeytinburnu neighbourhood of the city on Monday evening, where they made several arrests.

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Turkish police make several arrests following house raid

A large police operation was conducted in the Zeytinburnu neighbourhood of Istanbul. Credit: EBU

Turkish police have made several arrests after raiding a house in an Istanbul neighbourhood on Monday evening.

Police, reportedly acting on a tip, carried out the operation at a home in the Zeytinburnu neighbourhood, on the European side of the city.

ITV News Correspondent Sally Lockwood said, despite the arrests, the "suspect has not yet been found".

It is also being reported - as yet unconfirmed - that one person jumped from a building during the raid.

Earlier, Turkey's deputy prime minster said authorities had obtained the attacker's fingerprints and were close to identifying him.

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