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  • Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery

    Reporter: Kateb
    Published: Monday, December 19, 2016
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    Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov , 62, was shot and killed while visiting an art exhibition in the capital, Ankara
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    The photos and video that quickly spread through the Internet worldwide, showed the ambassador fell to the floor ,the gunman circled his body, visibly agitated as he smashed photos hanging on the wall.

    The gunman named as Mevlüt Mert Altintas, 22, a member of the Ankara special forces police department
    He a smartly dressed man in a suit and tie, was scream Allahu Akba 'We die in Aleppo, you die here!' 
    We are those who have to wage jihad until our final hour! Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)"

    The assassination comes at a time of improved relations and increased cooperation between Russia and Turkey
    Leaders of Russia and Turkey called a provocative terror attack, and vowed to not let the assassination cast a shadow over that friendship.


    The United States condemns the gun attack on the Russian ambassador to Turkey earlier on Monday, the U.S. State Department said: 
    'We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,' said U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, 'Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.'

    Relations between Moscow and Ankara worsened after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane which crossed over the Syrian border in November 2015 but have warmed up again recently.

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