Reports today are indicating that Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov has died after an attack in the Turkish capital city of Ankara. Karlov was speaking at an art exhibit on Monday when gunfire erupted.
Video has emerged of the moment that Karlov was speaking at the art exhibition as he was shot. WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC.
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) December 19, 2016
Reports indicate that the gunman was killed shortly after the attack, and that he yelled “Allahu Akbar,” and invoked the name of Aleppo, Syria in the immediate aftermath. The presumed gunman can be seen and heard in this video footage screaming moments after shooting the ambassador.
Turkey and Russia have found themselves on ideologically different planes regarding the humanitarian crisis that has ravaged parts of Syria; pro-regime factions in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are largely aligned with Russia’s rhetoric, who last week sought to close in on the final groups of rebels controlling parts of war-torn Aleppo. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week, “We’re seeing the most cruel form of savagery in Aleppo, and the regime and its supporters are responsible for this. The wounded are not being let out and people are dying of starvation.” Claims and counterclaims from both sides have further complicated ceasefire efforts aimed at providing key humanitarian aid as well as providing a pathway for Aleppo residents to seek refuge in neighboring Turkey.
Andrey Karlov has been the Russian ambassador to Turkey since July 2013; the longtime diplomat has served the Kremlin in a wide variety of capacities, including ambassadorships to North Korea before serving in his current role.
UPDATE 1:14 p.m. EST: More information is emerging about the gunman this hour.
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) December 19, 2016
According to reports the assasin of the Russian ambassador is indeed a security personnel and his name is Mert Altintas pic.twitter.com/lBezzoIMWV
— Ali Hashem علي هاشم (@alihashem_tv) December 19, 2016
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