A handwritten note has been found along with a pile of cash and a Koran at a bolt-hole where the main suspect in the Istanbul nightclub massacre was arrested, it has emerged.
Pictures have emerged from inside the apartment of Abdulkadir Masharipov, who Turkish police believe murdered 39 revellers at the Reina venue on New Year’s Eve.
They show a shopping bag full of cash and a copy of the Koran lying among other possessions inside his lair, which was raided in a massive police operation last night.
A handwritten note on paper with red hearts, also apparently left at the scene, read: ‘Do what ever u want… I will not care any more and I can’t help any one of course I can’t help myself. But if you want this it’s okay but I will be in other place away from her.’
Two pistols, mobile phone SIM cards, and more than 100,000 euros in cash were seized when the Uzbekistan national was caught in his friend’s house in Esenyurt district of the city – just 25 miles from where the brutal attack took place.
This morning, Turkish authorities said Masharipov received training in and that he had admitted his guilt – while fingerprints matched those found at the scene.
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A photograph shows the moment Abdulkadir Masharipov was arrested in Istanbul, with blood on his face and t-shirt (left). Police were hunting the main suspect (right)
Evidence: A note was found at the scene with love hearts on it saying: ‘Do what ever u want… I will not care anymore and I can’t help any one of course I can’t help myself. But if you want this it’s okay but I will be in other place away from her’
Pictures have emerged showing the suspect’s hideout where a haul of cash and weapons was discovered
Foreign currency banknotes and various documents are seen in the bedroom of a hideout
Two pistols, mobile phone SIM cards, and more than 100,000 euros in cash were seized when the Uzbekistan national was caught in his friend’s house in esenyurt escort
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NTV reported that the gunman’s Kyrgyz friend and three other people also were detained.
The television channel said police established the alleged gunman’s whereabouts four or five days ago, but delayed the raid so they could monitor his movements and contacts.
This morning, Sahin told reporters Masharipov, born in Uzbekistan in 1983, confessed his crime.
Further images show the shooter’s living room at the apartment in the Esenyurt neighbourhood in Istanbul
Dramatic pictures show how the door appeared to have been smashed in by Turkish police
A plain clothes police officer checks a room inside the apartment where the main suspect in the Reina nightclub rampage was arrested
Pictures show the exterior of the building where the dramatic raid took place last night
The alleged attacker entered the exclusive nightclub armed with an automatic weapon and began to shoot at revellers
He was reportedly arrested in the Esenyurt district of the city – just 25 miles from the nightclub
‘He was trained in Afghanistan and can speak four languages. He’s a well-trained terrorist,’ Sahin added.
One Iraqi man and three women from Egypt and Africa were also detained at the apartment, alongside the alleged assailant, the governor said.
‘It is clear that the attack was carried out on behalf of Daesh,’ he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS, adding that the other four suspects were likely linked to the jihadists.
Turkish media initially reported the killer was captured with his four-year-old son, but the governor said the child was not present during the police raid.
Police confiscated 185,000 euros, two weapons and clips at the apartment.
Some 2,000 police officers were involved in the operation backed by Turkish intelligence, according to the official. Police have raided approximately 152 addresses and detained 50 suspects, he said.
Another man was taken away after security officers arrived at a property in Istanbul, Turkey
Sahin also said the suspected killer ‘illegally entered Turkey’ from its eastern borders.
The arrest came after those celebrating New Year’s Eve in the exclusive club in the city were forced to run for their lives when the attacker entered.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the savage attack, later adding that it was revenge for the Turkish military involvement in Syria.
Police in Turkey have desperately been hunting the main suspect for more than two weeks following the incident which also left 69 wounded.
Security forces were seen arriving in the Esenyurt area of Istanbul on Monday evening
The New Year’s Eve Istanbul nightclub attacker has been caught, according to Turkish media
On New Year’s Eve, the attacker opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
Turks as well as visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada were among those killed in the attack.
The suspect was caught in an operation jointly carried out by the Turkish police and the spy agency MIT, Turkish TV said.
There had been confusion over the identity of the attacker in the wake of the massacre, with reports initially suggesting a Kyrgyz national and then a Uighur from China.
But reports on January 8 said intelligence services and anti-terror police in Istanbul had identified him as a 34-year-old Uzbek who was part of a Central Asian IS cell.
The suspect was living in an apartment rented by a Kyrgyz in Istanbul who was also detained, TRT reported.