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  • Flowers are placed in front of a police barrier near the entrance of Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, which was attacked by a gunman.

    Flowers are placed in front of a police barrier near the entrance of Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, which was attacked by a gunman. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 January 2017

The man was with his son at the time of the arrest, the police said.

The gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day has been detained in the city's Esenyurt district, the Hurriyet newspaper and other media reports said Monday evening.

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The man identified as Abdulkadir Masharipov was with his son when he was arrested by the police, Hurriyet said.

The arrest comes after the police raided a house in Silivri district Sunday, a few miles west of where the attacker was caught, which was used by Uzbek Islamic State group members.

Police found US$150,000 in the house which was reportedly the money given to Masharipov for carrying out the attack but he was unable to obtain the money due to the intense police hunt.

Tweet: "Here is the terrorist's first photo after being caught."

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

Earlier Monday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the mass shooting was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organization and "not just a terrorist organization's act."

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