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In this photo obtained Tuesday Jan. 3, 2017, undated photo of a man believed to be the gunman who killed dozens at an Istanbul nightclub, films himself as he wanders nearby to Istanbul's Taksim square.  (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

The chief suspect tied to the New Year's Eve attack has been caught in Istanbul

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[UPDATE] 4:55 p.m. |  Turkish media says Suspect in Istanbul nightclub attack captured.

Turkish media reports say police have caught the gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations, according to the Associated Press.

The private Dogan news agency and other media say the suspect was caught in Istanbul's district of Esenyurt in a police operation late on Monday.

Islamic State has claimed has claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in reprisal for Turkish military operations in northern Syria.


Turkish police arrested five people on Wednesday tied to the New Year's Eve shooting in an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people, but the chief suspect remains at large.

The arrests took place in the port city of Izmir, USA Today reports. At least 21 people are being held by authorities.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the chief suspect had been identified, but did not give further details. He is believed to be about 25 years-old and a native of a Central Asian nation, such as Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan. 

The chief suspect tied to the New Year's Eve attack has been caught in Istanbul

WATCH  | A selfie video of the chief suspect in Istanbul was released Tuesday. 

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A man with a Turkish flag walks past a Turkish police officer guarding the scene, during a memorial outside the Reina club following the New Year's day attack, in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack killing 39 people saying a “soldier of the caliphate” had carried out the mass shooting to avenge Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Relatives of a Lebanese man who was killed in the New Year's Eve Istanbul nightclub attack, mourns over his body during the funeral procession, at a church, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The gunman killed 39 people, most of them foreigners, including three Lebanese citizens, at the Istanbul nightclub. The Islamic State group claimed the attack on Monday, saying a "soldier of the caliphate" had carried out the mass shooting in response to Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Ethem Barkan Oz, ambassador of Turkey to Morocco, speaks to the media soon after the arrival of the coffin of Rabia Moustaine and Zineb Ait Assi, who were killed in the New Year's Eve attack in Istanbul, during her arrival at Casablanca Fret airport, in Casablanca, Morocco, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Dozens of people were killed in the mass shooting that took place in front of and inside a popular Istanbul nightclub in the first hours of New Year's Day. The victims included citizens of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, France, Tunisia, India, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Canada, Israel, Syria, Belgium, Germany and Russia. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
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Mehmet Kocarslan, co-owner of the Reina nightclub, scene of an attack on New Year's Day, pauses during a memorial outside the club, in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack killing 39 people saying a “soldier of the caliphate” had carried out the mass shooting to avenge Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Friends and relatives carry the coffin of Abis Rizvi for his funeral, outside his house in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Rizvi was one of the two Indian victims of the New Year's attack at a popular Istanbul nightclub. The 49-year-old builder, wrote and produced the Bollywood movie in 2014 aimed at spreading awareness about tigers. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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Relatives of Elias Wardini, a Lebanese man who was killed in the New Year's Eve Istanbul nightclub attack, mourn as they comfort each other during his funeral procession, at a church in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The gunman killed 39 people, most of them foreigners, including three Lebanese citizens, at the Istanbul nightclub. The Islamic State group claimed the attack on Monday, saying a "soldier of the caliphate" had carried out the mass shooting in response to Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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An Israeli Arab woman reaches to the coffin of Leanne Nasser, who was killed in the New Year's Eve attack in Istanbul, during her funeral, in the town of Tira, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Nasser, an 18-year-old Arab-Israeli from the town of Tira, was celebrating with friends when the gunman came in and opened fire. At least 39 people were killed and nearly 70 injured in the mass shooting that took place in front of and inside a popular Istanbul nightclub in the first hours of New Year's Day. The victims included citizens of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, France, Tunisia, India, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Canada, Israel, Syria, Belgium, Germany and Russia. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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A man waves a national flag near the scene as people protest against the attack and in memorial to the victims of the nightclub New Year's Day attack, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. An assailant believed to be armed with a long-barrelled weapon, opened fire at the nightclub in Istanbul's Ortakoy district during New Year's celebrations, killing dozens of people and wounding many others.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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A woman reacts as people gather near the nightclub, the scene of the New Year's Day attack, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack killing 39 people saying a “soldier of the caliphate” had carried out the mass shooting to avenge Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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People holding carnations chant slogans at the scene of the nightclub New Year's Day attack, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack killing 39 people saying a “soldier of the caliphate” had carried out the mass shooting to avenge Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The shooting at the Reina nightclub has led to international mourning, protests outside the club and a manhunt.

State of emergency for months

A passport of a Kyrgyz man circulated on social media. But after questioning the man, Kyrgyz officials said he was not involved in the attack, the BBC reports.


Turkey also extended its national state of emergency, which has been ongoing since a failed coup in July

The attacker's code name was recently revealed.

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