Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated today while at an art gallery exhibition in the Ankara.
Several minutes into his speak at the art gallery in Ankara, ambassador Karlov was shot dead from behind by his police security guard who then shouted “Allahu Akbar”.
“Today in Ankara as a result of an attack, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, received a wound from which he died,” announced Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.
VIDEO: Moment Russian Ambassador Karlov shot at art exhibition pic.twitter.com/JFuaeXhW7J
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Video footage shows the ambassador jolt as numerous shots are heard. The cameras then pan out to show a man holding a pistol and gesticulating.
In the footage, a series of gunshots are heard, five of which are suspected of hitting the Russian ambassador. The gunman then appears shouting “Allahu Akbar,” and “We die in Aleppo, you die here” and “don’t forget Aleppo, Syria,” after the assault.
Special forces immediately surrounded the compound, after additional gunfire, the gunman had been “neutralized,” and hostages have been rescued.
According to some reports, the assailant entered the building using a police ID.
The mayor of Ankara claimed that the heinous crime is supposed to destabilize relations between the two countries, but discussions about Syria between Russia, Iran, and Turkey are expected to proceed on Tuesday.
“The President was informed about the attack on the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Turkey’s information is verified, the president plans to hear a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and heads of special services,” said Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, according to the agency.
The Russian ambassador was 62 and had become part of the diplomatic service in 1976. Andrey Karlov served as Russia’s ambassador to Pyongyang from 2001-2006, and served as the head of the Foreign Ministry’s consular department.
Throughout the year, Turkey has seen a series of terrorist assaults for which the government mainly blamed the Kurdish militants. However, naturally, the Islamic State stands as the main culprit behind the attack.
Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary, commented on the assault: “Shocked to hear of [the] despicable murder of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey.
“My thoughts are with his family. I condemn this cowardly attack.”