Police Arrest Suspect in New Year's Eve Attack in Turkey
Turkish security forces say they have arrested the main suspect in the attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on December 31.
The attack killed 39 people and injured several others.
The Hurriyet Daily News said Abdulkadir Masharipov was detained Monday in Istanbul's Esenyurt area. He is said to be an Uzbek national.
Turkish television and other news agencies said police seized the suspect in a raid on a house. Five others in the house also were detained. They included one person from Iraq and women from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia.
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister congratulated police in a Twitter post Tuesday. He also said that Turkey's "war with terror and the powers behind it will continue to the end."
The hunt for Masharipov had been going on for days once police identified him as the main suspect.
Istanbul's governor said the arrest was part of a well-organized operation. The search for the suspect involved more than 2,000 police officers.
More than 40 other foreign nationals were detained as police searched for suspects. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The New Year's Eve attack was the third in Turkey in the past two years linked to militants from Central Asia who admitted links to the Islamic State group.
Islamic State jihadists from Central Asia were said to have carried out two earlier attacks, including one on Istanbul's Ataturk airport in June. That attacked killed 44 people and wounded more than 230 others. The Turkish government said the three suicide bombers responsible for that attack were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
A suicide bomber from Russia's republic of Dagestan was identified after she exploded a bomb outside an Istanbul police station in January 2015. Eighteen police officers were killed in that blast.
Intelligence agencies have described Turkey as a crossing point for hundreds of Central Asian extremists. They have been moving into Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State group in its aim to establish a caliphate in Syria and parts of northern Iraq.
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1.searched for 搜寻
They searched for a spot where they could sit on the floor
This article is compact and well-organized.
3.news agencies 新闻机构
News agencies greeted the agreement enthusiastically.
4.Security forces 安全部队
Security forces have uncovered a plot to overthrow the government
1.Islamic State jihadists from Central Asia were said to have carried out two earlier attacks, including one on Istanbul's Ataturk airport in June.
carried out 实施
Forensic experts carried out a painstaking search of the debris.
The Marines carried out a drill that included 18 ships and 90 aircraft.
2.Intelligence agencies have described Turkey as a crossing point for hundreds of Central Asian extremists.
crossing point 交点；交叉点
The city grew up originally as a crossing point on the river.
It has been a very symbolic crossing point.
《自由日报》报道称，周一阿卜杜勒哈迪尔·马沙里泊夫（Abdulkadir Masharipov）在伊斯坦布尔的埃森余尔地区被警方逮捕 。据悉，嫌疑人为乌兹别克斯坦国籍 。
土耳其电视台及其他新闻机构称，警察在突袭一间房屋时抓获嫌疑人 。屋内的其余五人也被警方拘留 。包括一名伊拉克人及三名来自埃及、塞内加尔和索马里的女性 。
周二，土耳其副总理在推特上对警察抓到枪手表示称赞 。总理还表示，土耳其会把“打击恐怖主义及其背后势力进行到底” 。
伊斯坦布尔的官员表示，此次抓捕是一次有组织的行动 。此次抓捕行动中投入了2000多名警力 。
为了搜寻嫌疑人，警方逮捕了40多名外籍人士 。“伊斯兰国”恐怖组织宣称对此次袭击事件负责 。
据了解，中东的“伊斯兰国”圣战分子制造了前两起袭击案，包括6月份在伊斯坦布尔阿塔图尔克机场发生的袭击 。机场袭击案造成44人死亡，230多人受伤 。土耳其政府公布称，3名自杀式袭击者分别来自俄罗斯、乌兹别克斯坦和吉尔吉斯斯坦 。
2015年1月，一名来自俄罗斯达吉斯坦共和国的自杀袭击者在伊斯坦布尔警察局外引爆炸弹 。18名警察不幸遇难 。
情报机构称，成百上千名中东极端分子通过土耳其入境 。他们奔赴叙利亚和伊拉克加入伊斯兰组织，试图在叙利亚及伊拉克北部建立伊斯兰教政权 。