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Turkey attack: 12 arrests, gunman’s family held

Jan 03, 2017, 5:32 AM EST
Turkish police carried out a series of raids and arrested 12 people in connection to the Istanbul nightclub shooting.
(Source: Dave Conner/flickr)

Turkish police carried out a series of raids and arrested 12 people in connection to the Istanbul nightclub shooting in which 39 people were killed on Sunday. According to Turkish media, the suspect, whose photos were released early in Tuesday, has already been identified and his family is taken into custody.

The development came as Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced that the ongoing state of emergency would be extended if required, reports Al Jazeera. Kurtulmus added that the police secured the attacker’s fingerprints along with a description of his appearance and would soon be able to ascertain his identity.

Earlier, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly strike at Reina nightclub, adding that the attack by its “heroic soldier” avenged the death of Muslims who are dying due to Turkish operations in Syria, writes the BBC.

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