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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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Turkish police identify Istanbul nightclub attacker

The suspect recorded a selfie in the city's Taksim Square. Credit: AP

The identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Day has been established, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

However authorities in Turkey have not revealed any further information about the suspect.

The gunman, who fled after the attack, remains at large.

Sixteen people have been detained as part of the investigation into the shooting.

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