Russia Responds To Assassination As More Details Emerge

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Just a matter of hours ago, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead at a photography exhibition in the country’s capital, Ankara.

The ambassador was shot numerous times in the back while speaking live on TV by a gunman who was later revealed as a 22-year-old police officer who had worked with anti-riot police in Ankara, reports Sky News.

The assassin was also killed in the minutes which followed the shooting as special police entered the building.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, said in the immediate aftermath of the shooting:

Today in Ankara, as a result of an attack, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, received a wound from which he died.

We regard this as a terrorist act. The murderers will be punished. Today this issue will be raised at the UN Security Council. Terrorism will not win out.

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A police file was later shared on social media purporting to reveal the gunman’s identity:

The Turkish embassy also condemned the killing releasing a statement which read:

An inhumane tragedy occurred today with our distinguished colleague Andrey Karlov. There is no person in their right mind who would not condemn this evil act. We grieve with all our hearts. We bring our deepest condolences to the people of Russia. This is our shared pain and loss.

So far we know that the gunman listened quietly as Karlov spoke at the exhibition called ‘Russia as seen by Turks’ before he opened fire.

Following the shooting the gunman shouted:

We die in Aleppo, you die here. Don’t forget about Aleppo, don’t forget about Syria. You’re not safe. Only my dead body will leave here. Allahu Akbar.

According to Turkish media, the gunman’s speech had several similarities to that of the unofficial anthem of Al Nusra – the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda.

Russia has been a very close ally to Syria in the countless bombing and recapturing of the rebel held city of Aleppo where countless civilians where killed by airstrikes and ‘shot dead on the spot’ by pro-Regime forces.

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Just yesterday protests took place across Turkey with regards to Russia’s involvement in the ‘massacre’ of Aleppo which the United Nations referred to as a ‘complete meltdown of humanity’.

Karlov has represented Russia in Turkey since 2013 which has undeniably been a time of high conflict in the country.

In this photo the gunman can be seen stood behind Karlov just seconds before opening fire:

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Graphic images of the gunman’s body also surfaced on Twitter shortly after he was shot dead.

Earlier this year Russia was the first country to formally condemn the attempted coup which took place this summer, seemingly signalling a new relationship between President Erdogan and the Kremlin after a Turkish jet shot down a Russian warplane in November 2015.

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