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Istanbul attacker is 28-year old citizen from Kyrgystan
13:24, 3 January 2017
Istanbul attacker is 28-year old citizen from Kyrgystan

Passport photo released of suspect Lakhe Mashrapov who moved to Turkey with his wife and two kids about a month before the massacre and allegedly fought for ISIS in Syria

13:24, 3 January 2017

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The suspect in a New Year's Day massacre at an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as an alleged ISIS militant from Kyrgyzstan Lakhe Mashrapov, reports the Mirror.co.uk.

Turkish authorities are hunting 28-year-old Lakhe Mashrapov in connection with the shooting spree which left 39 people dead and nearly 70 injured.

Related: ISIS takes responsibility for attack in Istanbul

It was claimed Mashrapov fought in Syria for ISIS and was "specially selected" to carry out the nightclub rampage as the victims welcomed 2017.

He reportedly moved to Turkey from Kyrgyzstan with his wife and two kids on November 20 and spent some time in Konya province before returning to Istanbul just days prior to the terror attack.

As 112 International reported, a man armed with rapid-fire rifle shot dead 39 and wounded another 69 people at a New Year party in Istanbul. The deceased people were identified; many of them were foreigners. No Ukrainians suffered during the tragedy.

Related: Istanbul attack: Turkey bans media to publish updates

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