TURKEY: RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR SHOT DEAD IN ANKARA ART EXHIBITION

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Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov has been killed at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara, on Monday evening.

He was shot in the back multiple times, from a close range by a 22 year old Turkish police officer.

The attacker has been identified as Mevlut Mert Altıntas, who was supposed to be off-duty on the day of exhibition.

He was dressed in a black suit and tie. He stood calmly behind the ambassador and pulled out a gun firing at least eight shots, as Karlov made the speech. Three more people were wounded during the firing.

The police-officer shouted “Allahu Akbar” before firing. Later he shouted in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”

He then continued in Arabic: “We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”

The crime, without a doubt is thought to be an incentive aimed at disturbing the normalisation of Russian-Turkish relations.

Karlov, 62, was a career diplomat, who had been a part of discussions with Turkey, that led to an evacuation of east Aleppo.
Russian actions in Syria have angered many Turks, which has led to many protests having a significant Islamist juncture.

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