The following is an excerpt from J.J. GALLAGHERENGIN BAS | January 3, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |
Turkish police have released chilling new details in the New Year's massacre at a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39 and injured dozens more.
The suspected shooter is believed to be from the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, Turkish police sources tell ABC News.
The man, whose name is known to authorities but has not been revealed, arrived in Istanbul on Nov. 20 with his wife and kids and traveled to Konya, a city in Anatolia province, two days later.
The suspect returned to Istanbul on Dec. 27, most likely by bus, before allegedly perpetrating an attack that Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu condemned as "truly inhuman savagery."
The gunman, believed to be acting alone, fired 180 rounds of 7.62 mm bullets that are commonly used in AK-47 assault rifles. He also used flares to illuminate the inside of the nightclub, police said.
Police say they don't believe the weapon used in the attack came from inside Turkey, adding that the serial number had been defaced.
At least a dozen people have been arrested, including the suspect's wife, who police say claims not to have known about her husband's plans.
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