Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced Wednesday in a televised interview that authorities have identified the gunman suspected of being behind the brutal attack in a Turkish nightclub that killed 39 people and injured some 69 in the first hours of Jan. 1 after a 2016 of harrowing attacks on Turkey’s soil.
Believed to be a Kyrgyz national, the gunman has yet to be publicly named, although his image has been released by police.
Several others have been arrested in connection with the shooting, which was the first attack to be claimed by the Islamic State group, even though many of the more than 30 violent acts in the country last year were blamed on the extremist group.
The attack, which happened in the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortakoy neighborhood, saw mostly foreigners – mainly from the Middle East – killed.
Reports suggest that the lone attacker may have trained in Syria, as police investigators revealed that he had entered Turkey from Syria and went to the central Turkish city of Konya in November
In its statement admitting responsibility, the Islamic State group said the attack was revenge for the Turkish military campaign in Syria.
This post originally ran on teleSUR.