The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, has announced that the gunman from the New Year’s Eve Reina nightclub massacre at Istanbul has been identified.
The gunman’s whereabouts are still a mystery however, and Mr. Cavusoglu did not disclose any further information or details regarding the identity of the gunman, but assured the public that the authorities have found out who he is.
The Turkish authorities have arrested about 20 other suspects they believe to have been linked with the attack and with the Islamic State.
From the 20 suspects, 11 are women, and it believed that these individuals at some point lived with the gunman from the Reina nightclub, and reports say that the majority of those who have been arrested come from China’s Muslim Uighur minority population, from Syria, and from Dagestan, Russia’s Muslim Republic.
An Act of Revenge
The Islamic State has claimed full responsibility for this attack, which resulted in the deaths of 39 people, and over 70 wounded, in which several of them were critically wounded.
About 27 of those killed were foreigners, and the Islamic State released a statement about the matter, saying they have carried out this event in order to avenge for their members who have been killed by military operations conducted by the Turkish government in Syria.
It is believed that the gunman had been based in the city of Izmir prior to the attack, and a police crackdown in the city took into custody 27 people, including within them were women and children.
The authorities had specifically targeted three different families that had apparently arrived in the city of Izmir just 20 days ago.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the primary motive of such terror attacks is to divide up the Turkish population and have them fight against each other, in which he said such an objective will never succeed.