ASTANA -- The Kazakhstani Foreign Ministry is reviewing information about arrests made by Turkish authorities during the investigation of the New Year's Eve Istanbul nightclub massacre, CA-News.org reported Thursday (January 5), quoting Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Jainakov.
Kazakhstan wants to determine if the detainees include its citizens, Jainakov said.
A lone gunman killed 39 people in a nightclub before fleeing. Police are still pursuing him.
Since then, Turkish police have arrested 40 people, including 20 children, mostly from Dagestan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, according to Turkey's Dogan news agency. The suspects are accused of affiliation with the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL).
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