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Turkey jails for life ISIS nightclub gunman



A friend of a victim mourns next to photos of the victims in front of Istanbul's Reina nightclub on January 2nd, 2017, one day after an ISIS gunman killed 39 people in a rampage at a nightclub where revellers were celebrating the New Year. [Ozan Kose/AFP]

A Turkish court on Monday (September 7th) jailed for life an Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub minutes into New Year's Day in 2017.

The Istanbul criminal court handed Abdulkadir Masharipov 40 life sentences -- one for each of the victims and one for the massacre itself -- for "deliberate murder" and "violating the constitution", the Anadolu news agency said.

Masharipov received a separate, additional 1,368 year sentence for attempted murder and a firearm law violation.

The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the slaying in the upscale Reina nightclub overlooking the Bosphorus.

Masharipov claimed he had received the order to attack from ISIS in the Syrian city of al-Raqa, according to reports in Turkish media shortly after the attack.

The attack killed 27 foreigners, including nationals from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Morocco.

The court also sentenced fellow convict Ilyas Mamasaripov to 1,432 years in prison for helping plot the attack, Anadolu said.

Masharipov was caught after a concerted manhunt on January 17th, 2017.

Turkey has since stepped up its campaign against ISIS at home and abroad.

Last week, the government reported the capture of an alleged ISIS member it said oversaw the group's Turkey operations.

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