Official: Istanbul attack executed on behalf of Islamic State group

People look at floral tributes left outside the nightclub for the victims of the gunman attack, in Istanbul, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Police on Thursday conducted more raids in their hunt for the gunman that killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub, detaining several people at a housing complex in the city's outskirts, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

ISTANBUL (AP) — Istanbul’s governor says that the New Year’s nightclub attack that killed 39 people was executed on behalf of the Islamic State group. Vasip Sahin told reporters that “It is clear that this was carried out in the name of Daesh.” He was using an Arabic acronym for the militant group.

Sahin also confirmed the identity of the suspected gunman, who is now in custody and being questioned, saying he is an Uzbekistan national who had trained in Afghanistan.

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