Istanbul attack: Turkish police detain two foreigners at city's airport after nightclub shooting

Ten arrests have been made in connection to the Isis-affiliated attack which killed 39 on New Year's day, but killer believed to remain at large 

Bethan McKernan
Beirut
Tuesday 03 January 2017 13:18
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Turkey had already stepped up the police presence in Istanbul before Saturday's deadly attack
Turkey had already stepped up the police presence in Istanbul before Saturday's deadly attack

Turkish authorities have detained two individuals of foreign nationality attempting to leave the country through Istanbul's main Ataturk Airport, local media has reported.

The arrests on Tuesday came three days after a gunman opened fire on New Year's Eve partygoers in a nightclub in the city, killing 39 and injuring 46 people.

The pair were detained at Ataturk airport and taken to central Istanbul for police questioning, Dogan News Agency said.

The suspected killer is believed to still be at large. Police have released photos of the man they think carried out the deadly seven-minute-long rampage, and Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday that the authorities have records of the suspect's fingerprints.

Isis boasted on social media channels on Monday that a "soldier of the brave caliphate" was responsible for the attack which killed 11 Turkish nationals, three Lebanese, three Iraqis, two each from Tunisia, India, Morocco and Jordan, and Kuwaiti, Canadian, Israeli, Syrian and Russian nationals.

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CCTV footage from the exclusive Reina nightclub showed a man killing a police officer and a security guard on Saturday night before entering the club and spraying the 600-strong crowd with bullets. He shot at those already lying on the floor before changing his clothes and fleeing the scene, police believe.

Eight people have already been detained in connection to the attack before Tuesday's arrests at the city's airport.

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