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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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Police step up security in Istanbul as manhunt continues

A Turkish police officer pulls over a taxi for a routine check in Istanbul. Credit: AP

Police in Istanbul are checking cars and passengers at various checkpoints across the Turkish city amid tightening security on Wednesday.

The checks were being carried out as the manhunt continues for the suspect behind the Reina nightclub attack on New Year's Day.

Authorities have identified the attacker, but have not revealed his name.

On Sunday, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated their travel advice for British tourists to the country and said: "There is an ongoing police operation in Istanbul as a result of the attack."

They added: "You should exercise vigilance and caution at this time, and follow the advice and instructions of the security authorities."

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