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Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara

Turkish police fatally shoot the gunman; three other people wounded in the attack.

December 19, 2016 10:42 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 10:46 am IST - ANKARA

A man gestures near the body of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov after gunning him down at a photo gallery in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday.

A man gestures near the body of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov after gunning him down at a photo gallery in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday.

A gunman wearing a suit and tie and shouting Allahu Akbar shot and killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey as he gave a speech at a photo exhibition in Ankara on Monday.

Turkish police fatally shot the gunman, Turkish station NTV reported.

The ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was several minutes into his speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the capital, Ankara, when the gunman fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience. The attacker also smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition. There was panic as people ran for cover. NTV said three other people were wounded in the attack.

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov speaks at a gallery, minutes before he was shot dead by a man (seen in the background) in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday.

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov speaks at a gallery, minutes before he was shot dead by a man (seen in the background) in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday.

 

 

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Karlov was shot “when an unidentified assailant opened chaotic gunfire during a public event in Ankara”. She later confirmed he had died. She said Russia was in contact with Turkish officials about the incident.

The gunman has been identified as a Turkish policeman, Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek  said. 

"The attacker is a policeman," Mr. Gokcek said on his official Twitter account, after numerous reports on social media identifying the gunman.

 

An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Monday.

An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara on Monday.

The Yeni Safak daily said on its website that the attacker — named as M.M.A. — worked with anti-riot police in Ankara.

Mr. Gokcek told reporters outside the exhibition center that the “heinous” attack aimed to disrupt newly-reestablished relations between Turkey and Russia.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said U.S. officials were aware of reports about the shooting.

“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,” Mr. Kirby said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, lies on the floor after being shot by a gunman during an attack during a public event in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, lies on the floor after being shot by a gunman during an attack during a public event in the Turkish capital Ankara.

 

A gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at a photo gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday.

A gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at a photo gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday.

 

 

Pepole react after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot at a photo gallery in Ankara on Monday.

Pepole react after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot at a photo gallery in Ankara on Monday.

 

 

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