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Russian Ambassador Shot Dead in Turkey

Andrei Karlov was shot in the back by a gunman while visiting a gallery in Ankara.

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Andrei Karlov (to the right). Photo: Ecenur Çolak/Anadolu Agency

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, has been killed in a gun attack in a photo gallery in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. 

Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria.

Karlov was taken to hospital to be treated but have died from his wounds. 

Russian TV said the ambassador had been attending an exhibition called “Russia as seen by Turks” when he was shot in the back while he was delivering a speech.

Some bystanders allege the attacker shouted “Aleppo” when he shot Karlov, but the claims could not be confirmed.

The attacker was said to have first shot the ambassador in the back before ordering people to leave the room. He then reportedly shot a second time as he lay on the floor.

Mainly Sunni Turkey has been active in helping military opponents of the Assad regime in Syria’s civil war, and many are angry about Russia’s own intervention on the side of the secular regime - and especially over Russia’s formative role in helping the Syrian government recapture rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo.

 

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