Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated in front of terrified witnesses allegedly in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo.
The gunman reportedly said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die here” during the shooting which left Ambassador Andrei Karlov dead.
The attacker was fatally shot by police after wounding Mr Karlov and at least three others, according to state TV.
Mr Karlov was delivering a speech at an art gallery in the capital of Ankara when the gunman fired a shot into the air and then shot the ambassador in a suspected radical Islamic attack, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
In a video circulating on social media that shows the shooting of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, the shooter is heard shouting, “Allahu akbar (God is great). Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!”“Get back! Get back!” the man can be heard shouting in Turkish as he waves a gun.“Only death will remove me from here. Everyone who has taken part in this oppression will one by one pay for it,” he said.…
Authorities haven’t said who they believe was responsible for the attack. Anadolu reported that the gunman had been neutralized. But it was not immediately clear whether the attacker was killed or captured by police.
Other reports say that the gunman has been killed.