Turkey Makes New Arrests Over Attack, Tightens Borders

Turkey makes new arrests over attack, tightens borders

ANKARA, Jan 5, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 05th Jan, 2017 ) - Elite Turkish police arrested several people Thursday during fresh raids over the nightclub attack that killed 39, as authorities tightened Turkey's borders to prevent the fugitive killer from escaping. Special forces detained several people suspected of links with the attack on the outskirts of Istanbul on Thursday, state-run news agency Anadolu said. Police reportedly got a tip-off that individuals linked to the killer were hiding in the district.

Excluding the latest arrests, at least 36 had been detained in the probe by Wednesday, but the gunman himself remains on the run after giving police the slip in the aftermath of the massacre. Authorities also tightened Turkish land borders, Dogan news agency reported, over fears the killer planned to flee the country. The agency said checkpoints would be set up to search all vehicles and people leaving the country at border crossings in Edirne, western Turkey, which has a land border with Greece and Bulgaria.