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Russian Ambassador To Turkey Shot Dead in Ankara Art Gallery

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Shot Dead in Ankara Art Gallery

The Russian ambassador to Turkey has been shot dead by a police officer at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey.

The assailant shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” as he pulled the trigger in a   chilling attack on captured on video.

Karlov was several minutes into a speech when he was shot. Footage of the attack showed a man dressed in a suit and tie standing calmly behind the ambassador. He then pulled out a gun, shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired at least eight shots.

 

After firing at the ambassador, the man shouted in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”

 

He also shouted in Arabic: “We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”

 

Russia’s foreign ministry confirmed that Karlov died at the scene and described the attack as an “act of terrorism”.

 

Turkish Special Forces surrounded the gallery and killed the attacker.  Both Russia and Turkey are treating the incident as an act of terror.

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