World Briefs: Istanbul nightclub attacker 'an Uzbek'

Istanbul nightclub attacker 'an Uzbek'

ISTANBUL • The attacker who shot dead 39 people on New Year's Day at an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as an Uzbek militant who is a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Turkish press reports said.

Intelligence services and anti-terror police in Istanbul said the 34-year-old man is part of a Central Asian ISIS cell, reported the Hurriyet daily and other Turkish media. He reportedly uses the code name Ebu Muhammed Horasani within ISIS.


Hunt on for attacker of  US consular officer

GUADALAJARA (Mexico) • The Mexican authorities are on the hunt for a gunman who was disguised as a female nurse when he shot and wounded a United States consular official in the city of Guadalajara.

The US official, who is in stable condition, interviews visa applicants at the consulate.


Ex-Portuguese president dies at 92

LISBON • Portugal's former president Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country's modern-day democracy, died aged 92 last Saturday, a fortnight after being admitted to hospital. Portugal has declared three days of national mourning from today and his state funeral will be held tomorrow.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe