Kyrgyzstan offers Turkey maximum support in Istanbul attack probe

‘We are ready to give any support that we can give to Ankara diplomatically,’ Astana’s Foreign Ministry announced in a written statement

Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministry has extended a hand to Turkish officials during the probe over the nightclub attack in the Ortaköy district of Istanbul that left 39 people killed.

“We are ready to give any support that we can give to Ankara diplomatically,” the statement said.

In a previous statement, Kyrgyzstan’s Foreign Ministry said that they were looking into media reports that the gunman in the New Year’s Eve nightclub attack in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district could be from the Central Asian country, particularly Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan.

“We have ordered the consul in Istanbul to check this report that has appeared in the press. According to preliminary information, this information is doubtful but we are checking that,” the ministry said.

The statement of the Kyrgyz official followed the Turkish media coverage including the photo of the suspect and the possibility of the terrorist to be from a Central Asian nation, Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan.

The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the identity of the gunman responsible for Istanbul’s New Year’s Eve attack at Reina nightclub in Ortaköy has been established. “The identity of the gunman has been established, and investigations are still underway,” said Çavuşoğlu. The gunman, who fled after the attack, remains at large. At least 16 people have been detained as part of the investigation into the shooting.