U.S. forces kill Islamic State militant linked to Turkey nightclub attack

FILE PHOTO: A man places flowers at the entrance of Reina nightclub, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul
FILE PHOTO: A man places flowers at the entrance of Reina nightclub, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey January 3, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo

April 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States disclosed on Friday a secret military ground operation that killed an Islamic State operative seen as a close associate of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that left 39 people dead.

Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed to be from Uzbekistan, was killed during the ground assault near Mayadin, Syria, on April 6, said Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the U.S. military’s Central Command.

“It was a ground operation. I think that’s all we’re willing to say about that,” Thomas said, declining further comment. He specified that Uzbeki did not die in an airstrike.

Thomas said Uzbeki helped facilitate the attack on the exclusive Istanbul nightclub Reina in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve. Islamic State claimed credit for the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.

The attacker opened fire with an automatic rifle, throwing stun grenades to allow himself to reload and shooting the wounded on the ground. Among those killed in the attack were Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada.

“We have clearly linked him with the New Year’s Eve Istanbul bombing,” Thomas said.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Andrew Hay)

  • ogre12

    good riddance to this awhole and hope he is burning in hell.

  • Obamaroid_Ointment

    Erdogan ain’t gonna like one of his Islamic terror BFFs getting whacked.

  • “The” Bobguy

    Took him out with “Extreme Prejudice”. The good old military way.

  • mauloa

    Trump’s military is quietly doing what Obama’s military did not do – perhaps we will yet rid the world of ISIS – one at a time if necessary.

  • Javanne

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. My only regret is that I won’t be able to see his face when he gets his 72 virgins and discovers why his virgins are virgins.

  • Clinicaleducator1

    Died from lead poisoning!!!

    • mauloa

      I thought it was smoke inhalation.

    • beebee

      Hopefully with pigs blood in the bullet.