Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey G. Karlov, was killed by a gunman on Monday in Ankara, the capital. Turkish officials said the killer had been a police officer who, after shooting, shouted: “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!” Russia’s Foreign Ministry called the assassination a terrorist attack.
Russia’s state news agency said Andrey Karlov was shot several times while visiting an art exhibition opening in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec 19, 2016, and died at the scene of his wounds.
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.