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Monday, 19 December 2016

Russian ambassador shot in Turkey confirmed dead

The Russian ambassador to Turkey shot in Ankara was confirmed dead by Turkish and Russian officials on Monday.


Andrey Karlov was shot while speaking at an exhibition by an assailant identified by Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek as a 22-year-old policeman.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed the ambassador's death and said Russia considered it a terror attack that the United Nations Security Council would be discussing it Monday evening.

According to Gokcek, the suspect was born in the city of Soke, 570 kilometers (355 miles) west of Ankara, and had graduated from the police academy of the city of Esmirna in 2014.

Several newspapers gave the suspect's name as Mevlüt Mert Altintas.

Zakharova said an in-depth investigation would begin as soon as possible and the attacker would be severely punished.

Several television channels around the world showed images of Karlov speaking in front of some color photographs before appearing to be shot from behind.

Then a man dressed in a suit and waving handgun could be seen shouting while Karlov lay motionless on the gallery's floor.

The attack was immediately condemned by the United States, the UN and the European Union.

In images recorded at the scene, the assailant can be seen yelling before he himself is shot down.

"Don't forget about Aleppo, don't forget about Syria," he shouted, adding that "unless we are all safe, you will never feel safe either."

He said only death could take him away from there and shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) several times before being shot down.

Karlov, 62, had been named ambassador to Turkey in July 2013 after serving with the delegation in North Korea between 2001 and 2006.
 EFE
19/12/16

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