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By Russ Read
The ISIS attacker responsible for a mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub New Year’s day was caught in the city’s Esenyurt district Tuesday, according to Turkish media reports, and appears to have paid a price for his crimes already.
The unnamed suspect appears to have been beaten severely by Turkish special police forces. Pictures of the captured suspect show him with severe bruises and cuts, and a shirt covered in blood. Other pictures show him handcuffed on the ground with an officer’s foot on his head.
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It took Turkish police more than two weeks to find the suspect, who just so happened to be in the same city in which he perpetrated his crime. The Turkish government released a selfie picture of the suspect shortly after the attack on the Reina nightclub.
Security camera footage taken from the scene of crime showed the ISIS gunman as he first entered the club, firing his AK-47 assault rifle along the way. He killed 39 people and injured approximately 70 more. Witnesses reported seeing him execute the injured with shots to the head.
ISIS took credit for the attack through the Amaq News Agency, a known ISIS propaganda outlet. The terrorist group claimed it was retribution for Turkey’s operations against ISIS fighters in Syria.