The main suspect who was captured in connection with an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve was trained in Afghanistan, the province's governor said Tuesday.
At least 39 people were killed while scores more injured when a gunman shot his way into the Reina night club and opened fire with an automatic rifle. The attack also left dead several foreigners.
Turkish police have captured the main suspect with four others at a hideout in in the suburb of Istanbul.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin named the main suspect in the attack as Abdulgadir Masharipov whom he said was born in 1983 in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan.
He said that the man admitted his guilt and his fingerprints matched those at the scene.
“He knew four languages and was well-educated,” the official said during a news conference following his capture.
The official suggested that Masharipov entered Turkey illegally early 2016 adding the attack was carried out on behalf of Islamic State.
Earlier, Turkish deputy prime minister said that Reina attack was not just a terrorist organization's act, but there was also an intelligence organization involved.
Others who were arrested along with man were an Iraqi man and three women from Africa.