Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, has been assassinated by a vengeful off-duty police officer. Reportedly, the assassination was motivated in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo. Dressed in a suit, the gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar” and said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die here.” He then shot Karlov in the back.
While the assassin succeeded in killing Karlov, he was then also killed by Karlov’s protective police escorts when they in turn opened fire. The 62-year-old ambassador was delivering a speech at an art gallery in the capital of Ankara when he was assassinated in cold blood. The attack was caught on camera, and Russia’s Foreign Ministry is calling the assassination “an act of terrorism.”
The assassin has been identified as Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 23-year-old Ankara riot police officer who used police identification to enter Ankara’s Centre for Contemporary Arts. Before being gunned down by policemen following killing Karlov, Altıntaş apparently shouted:
“Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria! As long as our brothers are not safe, you will not enjoy safety. Whoever has a share in this oppression will pay for it one-by-one. Only death will take me away from here.”
Three others were injured in the police crossfire. The White House also released a statement on the incident:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 19, 2016
Photos and videos from the scene below:
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