Russian ambassador in Turkey has been killed in a gun attack in the capital, Ankara. Police later killed the terrorist. Andrey Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition when a man in a suit shot the diplomat in the back from close range multiple times on Monday evening.
The attacker was a 22-year-old off-duty police officer who worked in the Turkish capital, said Ankara’s mayor Melih Gokcek. After the initial shot, the attacker approached Karlov as he lay on the ground and shot him at least one more time at close range. He also smashed several of the framed photos hung for the exhibition but later let the stunned guests out of the venue, according to local media.
“Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria,” the attacker said in Turkish after gunning 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. He then continued in Arabic, saying: “We are the descendants of those who supported the Prophet Muhammad, for jihad.”