A handwritten note has been found along with a pile of cash and a Koran at a bolt-hole where the Istanbul nightclub massacre terrorist was arrested, it has emerged.
Pictures have emerged from inside the apartment of Abdulkadir Masharipov, who murdered 39 revellers, including an Israeli Arab tourist, at the Reina venue on New Year’s Eve.
They show a shopping bag full of cash and a copy of the Koran lying among other possessions inside his lair, which was raided in a massive police operation last night.
A handwritten note on paper with red hearts, also apparently left at the scene, read: ‘Do what ever u want… I will not care any more and I can’t help any one of course I can’t help myself. But if you want this it’s okay but I will be in other place away from her.’
Two pistols, mobile phone SIM cards, and more than 100,000 euros in cash were seized when the Uzbekistan national was caught in his friend’s house in Esenyurt district of the city – just 25 miles from where the brutal terror attack took place.
This morning, Turkish authorities said Masharipov received training in Afghanistan and that he had admitted his guilt – while fingerprints matched those found at the scene.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said there were strong indications that the terrorist, who spoke four languages, had entered Turkey illegally through its eastern borders, adding that it was clear the attack was carried out on behalf of ISIS.
The terrorist was finally tracked down and was pinned down by officers next to his four-year-old son, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. He is now being transferred to Istanbul Police Headquarters.
A photograph shows Masharipov, an Uzbekistan national, covered in blood after officers put him in handcuffs. Private NTV television said the terrorist had resisted arrest.
NTV reported that the gunman’s Kyrgyz friend and three other people also were detained.
The television channel said police established the gunman’s whereabouts four or five days ago, but delayed the raid so they could monitor his movements and contacts.
This morning, Sahin told reporters Masharipov, born in Uzbekistan in 1983, confessed his crime.
‘He was trained in Afghanistan and can speak four languages. He’s a well-trained terrorist,’ Sahin added.
One Iraqi man and three women from Egypt and Africa were also detained at the apartment, alongside the terrorist, the governor said.
‘It is clear that the attack was carried out on behalf of Daesh,’ he said, adding that the other four suspects were likely linked to the jihadists.
Turkish media initially reported the terrorist was captured with his four-year-old son, but the governor said the child was not present during the police raid.
Police confiscated 185,000 euros, two weapons and clips at the apartment.
Some 2,000 police officers were involved in the operation backed by Turkish intelligence, according to the official. Police have raided approximately 152 addresses and detained 50 suspects, he said.
Sahin also said the suspected killer ‘illegally entered Turkey’ from its eastern borders.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the savage terror attack, adding that it was revenge for the Turkish military involvement in Syria.
On New Year’s Eve, the terrorist opened fire with an automatic rifle, reloading his weapon half a dozen times and shooting the wounded as they lay on the ground.
Turks as well as visitors from several Arab nations, India ,Canada and Israel were among those killed in the attack.