Turkish police detains suspected mastermind of Reina attack

Suspected Istanbul nightclub attacker wanted to kill Christians Hurriyet citing court document

Accused Istanbul nightclub gunman Abdulgadir Masharipov formally charged, reports say

The mastermind of the New Year's Eve attack at Istanbul's Reina nightclub that killed 39 people was arrested, according to a reported statement from a Turkish prosecutor.

The 22-year-old identified only as 'A.S.' was arrested in Istanbul following weeks of thorough investigations, Anadolu reports.

As many as 700 people were inside the nightclub when the attack began.

Authorities on Tuesday prepared an indictment for the airport attack, demanding for the 45 suspects to be sentenced to jail time between 2,132 years and 3,342 years, Anadolu said. The three assailants - whom Turkish authorities said came from Uzbekistan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan - were also killed.

Turkish police announced the arrest of more than 600 suspects for having ties with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK). On him, authorities discovered a contract to rent an apartment that was used by Abdulkadir Masharipov, who carried out the nightclub attack, the agency said. A probe was launched on A.S. on January 10 for his suspected links with the attack, the Daily Sabah reports. Additionally, police detained four other people, including a man of Kyrgyz origin and three women from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia.

The 34-year-old Uzbek-born Masharipov faces life imprisonment as capital punishment was abolished in Turkey in 2004.

"I wanted to stage the attack on Christians in order to exact revenge on them for their acts committed all over the world".

Out of 39 people killed in the Istanbul massacre, 27 people were foreigners.

Traore is the spouse of Abdulgadir Masharipov - the main suspect in the Reina killings.

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