An-Najah News -  Anadolu Agency reported that a Turkish court sentenced to life imprisonment the main suspect in a gun attack at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day, 2017.

Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, was handed the equivalent of 40 life sentences without parole, plus an additional 1,368 years in prison for killing 39 people.

Masharipov said he acted on behalf of Daesh.The jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Reina nightclub shooting was one of a string of attacks in Turkey believed to have been carried out by Daesh

Masharipov had previously repudiated statements to police in which he admitted guilt for the attack.