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ErdogŸan Calls For Unity After Istanbul Massacre

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ErdogŸan Calls For Unity After Istanbul Massacre

In his first public speech after the massacre in the New Years Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkish President,Recep Tayyip ErdogŸan said that “€œthe country,
challenged by terrorism, will react as one nation.”€ “€œThe main purpose of the
attacks,”€ he added, “€œis to destroy our balance, to set us against each other,
but we will never give in to this [strategy], and we will react.”€ In terms of the investigation, the identity of the gunman responsible for the massacre seems to have been ascertained. Twenty-eight year old Kyrgyz Iakhe Mashrapov, originally suspected to be the killer, has therefore been exonerated. Turkey did not provide the name of the aggressor, nor other details about the identified person, who is still on the run and wanted by police. The Anadolu Agency said that so far, more than 40 people have been detained in the investigations into the armed assault on the Reina nightclub which claimed 39 lives and wounded more than sixty others.The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to investigators, the bomber – who according to the Turkish newspaper “Yeni Safak” goes by the code name Abu Muslim Horasani – arrived in Istanbul with his wife two weeks before
the attack. The night of the assault, the man took eight taxi rides before arriving at the Reina nightclub with two backpacks: a larger one, in which he hid the automatic weapon used in the attack, and a smaller one. He then left one of the backpacks in the last taxi used to get there. After having perpetrated the carnage, the terrorist headed to the kitchens, where he changed his coat in order to mix among the people running from the building. The Ankara
parliament has meanwhile decided to extend for another 3 months a state of emergency, in force after the failed coup of 15 July.


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