Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, has been shot lifeless whereas talking at an artwork exhibition within the Turkish capital, the Russian Overseas Ministry, has confirmed.
Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the announcement in a stay televised assertion, Sky Information reviews.
She mentioned, “Immediately in Ankara, because of an assault, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, obtained a wound from which he died.
“We regard this as a terrorist act. The murderers shall be punished.”
The sixty two-12 months-previous ambassador had been attending an artwork exhibition on the Up to date Arts Centre within the Cankaya space of Ankara, together with different dignitaries and media.
The gunman was Mevlut Mert Altintas, a 22-yr-previous who had been working for the riot police squad in Ankara for the previous two-and-a-half years.
He was off-obligation when it was understood he entered the constructing utilizing his police ID and opened fireplace on the ambassador as he made a speech.
A video confirmed him shouting, “Don’t neglect Aleppo, don’t overlook Syria! As long as our brothers should not in security, you’ll not style security both. Solely my useless physique will go away right here.
“Whoever is concerned on this cruelty, one after the other, you’ll pay for it.”
The gunman additionally shot three different individuals, though none had been significantly injured, in response to Turkey’s inside ministry.
Turkish media mentioned he then climbed to the second ground of the constructing earlier than a 15-minute shootout with police, throughout which he was killed.
A photographer from Related Press who had been on the exhibition mentioned the gunman had been sporting a go well with and tie and had shouted “Allahu Akbar” earlier than firing no less than eight pictures.
He had additionally spoken in Russian and smashed a number of of the photographs within the exhibition.
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