Russian Ambassador Shot Dead in Turkey

Gunman opens fire at photo exhibition in Ankara

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Update:

Here’s the video with the assassination.

BREAKING: The assailant is identified as Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş who is a Turkish police officer from Ankara.

The Russian ambassador was killed today in Turkey’s capital Ankara during a photo exhibition by a sharp dressed gunman who screamed Allahu Akbar and “we die in Aleppo, you die in here”.

The gunman was reported as saying the aforementioned phrase just before he started shooting and injuring (fatally) the Russian ambassador in Ankara, Andrei Karlov.

It clearly seems like the assassination is related to the crisis in Aleppo. The gunman was shot dead by Turkish police after fatally wounding Andrei Karlov and at least 3 bystanders.

The Russian ambassador was invited to deliver a speech at an art gallery in Ankara when the assassin first fired a round in the air, before shooting Andrei Karlov in what appears to be an Islamic terrorist attack, according to the Hurryet newspaper.

Andrei Karlov was several minutes into his speech during the Russian embassy sponsored photo exhibition in Ankara when a sharp dressed man, wearing a suit and a tie first shouted Allahu Akbar and then fired at least 8 shots, as it was reported by an Associated Press photographer who was a witness to the scene.

The gunman also spoke a few words in Russian before smashing a number of photos displayed at the exhibition. Turkish television NTV reported at least three other people injured in the Islamic terrorist attack, but their condition is not known as I am writing this piece.

According to Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Russia was in close contact with their Turkish counterparts about this horrific incident.

Today’s Islamic terrorist attack comes after days of protests in Turkey with regard to Russia’s involvement in Syria, as the terrorist reportedly screamed about Aleppo during the attack.

The United States Department delivered a statement earlier, condemning the attack on the Russian ambassador via its spokesman John Kirby, carefully avoiding any type of reference to Islamic terrorism:

‘We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.’

 

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Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan was increasingly friendly with Russian president Vladimir Putin in recent months, as they discovered they share the same enemies, Islamic extremists. The diplomatic relations between Ankara and Moscow worsened after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet over Syrian territory in November of 2015 but strangely enough, they have warmed up recently.

Source: AP