Breaking reports are coming out of Russia, after Putin’s Russian Ambassador to Ankara was killed in a gun attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara. He was giving a speech at a photo exhibition when he was shot in the back multiple times.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the announcement of Karlov’s death in a live televised statement.
The gunman was a 22-year-old off-duty police officer who worked in the Turkish capital, Ankara’s mayor said.
After he shot the diplomat, the gunman let the guests out of the exhibition venue, but he stayed inside.
Several media outlets reported that a gun fight ensued after Karlov was shot.
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Local broadcaster NTV television said at least three people were wounded and were taken to the hospital.
A witness is reported to have said that the attacker appeared to be acting alone. Below is a picture of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov right before he was murdered.
“He said that I will not leave this place alive,” according to the witness.
Right now, the murder seems to be out of retaliation for Aleppo. The killer referenced Aleppo right before he shot the back multiple times.
“Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria,” the killer said right after he shot down the ambassador, as seen on a video shared by Turkish media from the scene.
“Whoever took part in this cruelty will pay the price, one by one … Only death will take me from here,” the man said, while carrying a handgun. The attacker was killed by the security forces after a gun fight.
Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu has reached the location of the attack.
Diego Cupolo, a photojournalist in Ankara, told Al Jazeera that there were around a hundred armed soldiers in camouflage and police officers at the scene, along with armored vehicles.
The talks in Moscow will go ahead on Tuesday despite the murder of Karlov, the Interfax news agency cited Leonid Slutsky, a senior parliamentarian, as saying.
Putin is NOT going to take this act of terror lightly. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
H/T [Pamela Geller]