The Reina nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve left 39 dead and dozens injured. When he was captured
on January 17, Turkish officials said that the main suspect, Abdulkadir Masharipov, is an Uzbek national and a member of the Islamic State. Signs show that he might also be an ethnic Uyghur
, and though the attacker carried out the shooting alone, at least 36
people who are thought to be involved have been detained since the assault, several of whom were Uyghurs. This attack, therefore, draws attention to an extremely sensitive topic of China-Turkey relationship: Uyghur engagement in terrorist violence.