14 nightclub attack suspects referred to court for arrest

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Reina gunman Abdulkadir Masharipov

Fourteen people who were detained in connection to a nightclub attack on New Year’s Day in İstanbul that claimed the lives of 39 people were referred to court for arrest on Tuesday.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in the popular İstanbul Reina nightclub.

Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who is accused of killing 39 people at the nightclub with an automatic weapon, was apprehended in a joint operation carried out by the İstanbul police and Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) in İstanbul’s Esenyurt district in mid-January.

The 14 people were detained as part of an investigation aimed at revealing Masharipov’s connections.

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