>> Uzbek gunman who stormed an Istanbul nightclub on new years day killing 39 people, has told police he changed targets at the last moment and acted on direct orders from Islamic State in Syria, according to a Turkish newspaper. Siting police testimony Hurriyet reported Abdulgadir Masharipov, told police he intended to attack the area around Istanbul's central Taksim Square, but due to heavy security, he aborted the attack, and found a new target in the popular Reina night club by touring the city in a taxi.
The paper has not revealed how they obtained the testimony, and Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report. But Reuters' Turkey bureau chief Nicholas Tattersall says, authorities are establishing a clearer picture of the gunman's path to Turkey.>> The authorities say that he is an Uzbek national, that he's believed to have received training in Afghanistan.
Some reports saying he may have entered Turkey through Iran. And the Istanbul governor saying that he came into Turkey in January 2016, so just over a year ago, through Turkey’s eastern borders.>> New pictures have also emerged of the apartment Masharipov was found hiding in, in Esenyurt a suburb on Istanbul's Western outskirts.
The Monday night raid brought to an end, a more than two week manhunt. He was captured along with an Iraqi man and three women from Africa, and are among more than 50 people now detained in relation to the attack.