Photos published online by Turkish media showed Mr Karlov and a second person on the floor after being wounded.  The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov was assassinated by a Turkish off duty police officer.

Mr Karlov was attending the opening of an exhibition at Ankara’s Centre for Contemporary Arts when the gun attack occurred.

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been shot dead in an ‘assassination’ – that was allegedly carried out in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo.  Before opening fire on Ambassador Andrei Karlov the gunman reportedly shouted in Turkish: “We die in Aleppo, you die here“.

Three others were injured in the attack during the ambassador’s speech at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara.

The attacker, a police officer named as Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, fired a shot into the air as the ambassador spoke and then shot him multiple times.

The 22-year-old gunman was killed during a shootout with police.

Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş was a member of Ankara’s elite anti-riot squad

Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş.

 

Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov was assassinated on live television.




Vladimir Putin spoke to his nation about the assassination of his Ambassador to Turkey.

  • “This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the normalization of Russia-Turkish relations as well as at undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in promoting settling the crisis in Syria,” Putin said on television.
    “The only response we should offer to this murder is stepping up our fight against terror, and the criminals will feel the heat.”
  • “We have to know who organised this killing and gave orders to the assassin,” Putin added.
  • Putin also said that Karlov was a brilliant diplomat who was widely respected in Turkey. “[Karlov] was in good standing with both the government of Turkey and other political groups in that country.”
  • Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the killing of Andrey Karlov in the Turksih capital was intended to derail Moscow’s attempts to find, with Iran and Turkey, a solution for the crisis in Syria.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara is designed to spoil Russo-Turkish ties. Mr Putin said the killing of Andrey Karlov in the Turksih capital was also intended to derail the Syria peace process. More follows
  • Russia’s President Putin has said the killing is designed to spoil Russo-Turkish ties and derail the Syria peace process.
  • Turkey’s President Erdogan has condemned the killing of the Russian ambassador and said a joint committee from Russia and Turkey will investigate.
  • The White House is strongly condemning the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, saying “this heinous attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable.”
    National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the United States government’s thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Mr Karlov and the other victims. Mr Price said “we offer our condolences to the Russian people and government.” He also said the US government stands united with Russia and Turkey in its determination to confront terrorism in all of its forms.
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