A Turkish special force soldier stands guard at the entrance of the courthouse, on December 11, 2017 at Silivri district in Istanbul. AFP / OZAN KOSE
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An Uzbek extremist who confessed to killing 39 at an Istanbul nightclub in a New Year gun attack refused to testify as his trial opened Monday nearly a year after the massacre.Abdulkadir Masharipov, 34 at the time of the attack, went on trial at the Silivri prison complex outside the center of Istanbul along with 56 other suspects.However, after a 17-day manhunt that involved 2,000 police who watched 7,200 hours of video footage, the Turkish authorities detained Masharipov in the residential Istanbul neighborhood of Esenyurt.Masharipov, who used the Daesh codename Abu Mohammed Horasani, was just one of several nationals of the ex-Soviet state of Uzbekistan implicated in extremist attacks this year.An Uzbek national was arrested after a truck attack in Stockholm in April that killed four people.However, there has been no large-scale attack comparable to the Reina atrocity since.
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