A video of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, by a Turkish policeman in Ankara has now emerged. Karlov died of wounds after being shot in the Turkish capital, Russia’s state-run RIA news agency reported on Monday. Turkish security sources says gunman was police officer who worked in Ankara.
Somewhat clear audio of the shooter talking after killing the Russian ambassador. Can anyone translate? pic.twitter.com/iXRzd1t2Fv
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The Russian ambassador to Ankara was shot in the back and killed while giving a speech at an art gallery. Turkish security sources said the gunman, who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo”, was an off-duty police officer. The Russian foreign ministry confirmed the death of envoy Andrei Karlov, which marked one of the most serious spillovers of the Syria conflict. Turkey has struggled with a string of attacks by Islamist and Kurdish militants but the killing of a Russian envoy could have resonance throughout the region.
Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its air strikes were instrumental in helping Syrian forces end rebel resistance last week in the northern city of Aleppo. President Tayyip Erdogan, however, has been a vociferous opponent of Assad. “We regard this as a terrorist act,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “Terrorism will not win and we will fight against it decisively.”
The attacker was dressed in black suit and tie, and standing behind the ambassador as he made his speech at an exhibition, a person at the scene told Reuters. “He took out his gun and shot the ambassador from behind. We saw him lying on the floor and then we ran out,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified.
Two security sources identified the gunman as an off-duty police officer who worked in the Turkish capital. A Reuters cameraman at the scene said gunfire rang out for some time after the attack. The Anadolu news agency said the gunman had been “neutralised”, apparently killed.
A video showed the attacker shouting: “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” As screams rang out, he could be seen pacing about and shouting as he held the gun in one hand and waved the other in the air. Another photograph showed four people including what appeared to be the ambassador lying on the floor.