Suspect in New Year's Eve Turkish Nightclub Massacre reported in Custody
Turkish news reports say a suspect has been arrested in the attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people on December 31.
Reports say Abdulkadir Masharipov was detained Monday in Istanbul's Esnyurt district.
Turkey's nationwide NTV and other media outlets said the suspect was seized in a raid on a house in the district where he had been staying with a friend from Kyrgyzstan. Five others in the house also were detained, including three women.
That report said police discovered the suspect's whereabouts last week, but delayed the raid to monitor his movements and contacts.
Police were expected to release additional details in a Tuesday morning news conference.
Kosovo Prime Minister Urges Calm Over Conflict with Serbia
Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa urged for calm in relations with Serbia following a war of words that erupted between the two countries over the weekend.
In an exclusive interview with VOA’s Albanian Service, Mustafa was responding to comments by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić who said his country “is ready to send troops to Kosovo to protect Serbian nationals, if necessary," after a train painted with the words "Kosovo is Serbia" was stopped Saturday from entering Kosovo.
Mustafa called Nikolić s statement "irresponsible" and a threat "not only to Kosovo but also to the Balkans."
"We do not want to respond to that threat with the same language," said Mustafa. "We are interested in living in good neighborly relations with Serbia."
Nikolić said Kosovo had shown it wanted war after it deployed special forces to prevent the train painted with Serbia's national colors from entering its territory.
Mustafa told journalists the train "sent a message of occupation."