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Aleppo: Police Officer Assassinates Russian Ambassador to Turkey

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Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, 62, was killed on Monday in the capital, Ankara, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in comments carried by State News Agency TASS.

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“Today is a tragic day for Russian diplomacy,’’ Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said.

Turkish media outlets report that Karlov was giving a speech at an art exhibition when he was shot in the back.

Turkish Newspaper Hurriyet cites a photographer from the scene as saying the gunman shouted Islamist slogans and spoke about the situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the gunman who killed the ambassador is a 22-year old man police officer, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

A senior Turkish official also identified the gunman as Turkish police officer Mert Altinbas, who graduated from the police academy in 2014.

The gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar (God is great). We die in Aleppo, you die here. Don’t forget Aleppo, Don’t forget Syria”.

He is a serving member of the riot police force for the past two-and-a-half years and his affiliations are still being investigated.

Russian officials called it an act of terror and appeared to be aimed as retribution for the Kremlin’s role in bloodshed in neighbouring Syria.

6 Comments

  1. Anon

    December 19, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Do not upset Putin.

    Poor Ambassador, sleep well.

  2. A Real Nigerian

    December 19, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Since BN’s link isn’t working.

    Video of the shooting:
    mobile.twitter(dot)com/agirecudi/status/810895589433049090

    Photos:

    m.imgur(dot)com/a/A4rAm

    nytimes(dot)com/2016/12/19/world/europe/russia-ambassador-shot-ankara-turkey(dot)html

    i.redd.it/g6o26x7mek4y(dot)jpg

    i.imgur(dot)com/vg1uOJV(dot)jpg

  3. A Real Nigerian

    December 19, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    “Russian officials called it an act of terror”
    Thank goodness they didn’t call it an assassination or things would have escalated quickly.

  4. Temi

    December 20, 2016 at 1:31 am

    MY MY MY:!! What an imbecile! What a fool.

    • Netizen

      December 20, 2016 at 6:37 am

      The word imbecile shouldn’t be used as an insult. It’s like saying “what an autistic” or “what a down syndrome”. There are actual people living with it.

  5. Marlvina

    December 20, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I saw this on CNN today. So devastating. Shot multiple times at the back. Smh! This might affect the relationship between Turkey and Russia.

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