>> The gunman behind the New Year's Day attack in Istanbul may have trained in Syria. He killed 39 people in a nightclub shortly after midnight. After opening fire with an automatic rifle, he fled the scene and is still at large. Islamic State has claimed responsibility. Reuters bureau chief in Turkey, Nick Tattersall.
>> Well it appears that the attacker was well versed in guerilla combat, and had fighting experience. During the assault, he used an automatic rifle, recharging it quickly. Apparently using some sort of explosive devices to distract people and give him time to recharge his bullets as he carried out the attack.
So looking at the footage, security analysts say that it's pretty clear he's somebody who had combat experience. And the working assumption is that he was trained in Syria.>> A Turkish newspaper says police investigations show the gunman had entered Turkey from Syria, and went to the central city of Konya in November.
He was travelling with his wife and two children so as not to attract attention.>> Well the government has said that it's close to identifying him, that it's identified fingerprints, that it has a clear visual image of what he looked like. We haven't had more official details as yet, but there have been reports that he is of central Asian origin.
The authorities in Kyrgyzstan, saying that they are working with their Turkish counterparts in trying to pin this down.>> Meanwhile, two foreign nationals have been detained at Istanbul Airport over the attack, according to Turkish broadcaster, NTV.>> And a selfie video of the alleged attacker, apparently walking around Istanbul's Central Taksim Square, has been broadcast by Turkish news channels.
Islamic State's been blamed for at least half a dozen attacks on civilian targets in Turkey over the past 18 months. But, other than assassinations, this is the first time it's claimed direct responsibility.