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Video shows suspected Istanbul gunman

dpa logodpa 3/01/2017

Turkish media on Tuesday ran a "selfie video" of a man they say is the gunman who killed 39 people

A selfie video taken by the suspect in the Istanbul nightclub attack has emerged as a manhunt for the killer of 39 people at the New Year's Eve party intensifies.

The 42-second video shows the suspect's face clearly as he walks around an area described by Turkish media as near Taksim Square in the heart of Istanbul.

Police suspect the man of spraying bullets inside the waterfront Reina nightclub, killing mostly foreigners and wounding dozens more.

Anti-terrorism units conducted an operation in Istanbul on Monday night in their attempt to find the suspect, local media reported.

Helicopters flew overhead and streets were blocked during the operation, the Dogan news agency reported, however no information about arrests was provided.

Eight suspects have so far been detained in relation to the attack, the state-run Anadolu agency reported previously.

Islamic State claimed that a member of the terrorist group had carried out the shooting.

Authorities in Turkey were meanwhile investigating hundreds of social media accounts in the wake of the attack, accusing them of spreading hatred online.

A total of 347 accounts were being investigated, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said, according to Anadolu.

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