The gunman reportedly said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die here” before opening fire and injuring Ambassador Andrei Karlov along with at least three others
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been shot dead in an ‘assassination attempt’ – that was allegedly carried out in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo.
Before opening fire on Andrei Karlov the gunman reportedly shouted in Turkish: “We die in Aleppo, you die here“. At least three others were injured in the attack during the ambassador’s speech at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Mr Karlov was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but died soon after.
The attacker fired a shot into the air as the ambassador spoke and then shot him at least once in a suspected radical Islamic attack, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
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“I will not leave here without dying”
More details of the killing are also emerging from eyewitnesses who were inside the art gallery when the Russian ambassador was shot.
The gunman – who is being reported to be a serving Turkish policeman – is said to have come from behind unarmed Andrei Karlov to shoot him dead.
The attacker is said to have been heard by people fleeing to have claimed: “I will not leave here without dying” – before special forces rushed the building.
Andrei Karlov was previously ambassador to North Korea
Details about the life of the assassinated Russian ambassador are now emerging in the hours after his death on duty.
Andrei Karlov had spent 40 years serving his country.
The career diplomat, who was fluent in Korean and English, first entered the diplomatic service in 1976 aged 22 after graduating from MGIMO – the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
The student of international and economic relations went on to graduate from the Ministry of Internal Affairs diplomatic academy in 1992. He went on to become ambassador to North Korea from June 2001 to December 2006.
He spent two years as deputy director of the consular department of Russia’s Ministry for Internal Affairs, then served as its director from January 2009 to July 2013.
He achieved the highest Russian diplomatic rank, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, in 2011.
He was then appointed to the role of ambassador to Turkey.
Boris Johnson condemns killing
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has condemned the “cowardly” assassination.
He described as “despicable” the murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov in the art gallery shooting this afternoon.
Mr Johnson has been a vocal critic of Russia’s actions in Aleppo.
Gunman’s police ID circulates online
Saldırıyı gerçekleştiren kişinin eski Özel Harekatçı Mert Altıntaş olduğu belirlendi
An image being circulated online appears to show the police ID of the gunman who shot dead the Russian ambassador.
Although yet to be verified, it purports to show papers belonging to a Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş
The documents state he was born in 1994 and was a graduate of a police academy in Izmir in Turkey.
WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: New video of shooting
New video of the moment the Russian ambassador was shot has emerged.
It shows Andrey Karlov collapse to the ground in a hail of bullets.
The gunman – stood behind him in a shirt and tie – continues to shout and point his gun as his victim lies helpless.
Russia brands shooting ‘a terror attack”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Monday that the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, had died after being shot by a gunman.
“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,” Zakharova said.
“We regard this as a terrorist act.”
Theresa May ‘concerned’ about shooting
Theresa May has said the shooting of the Russian ambassador to Turkey is “a matter of concern”.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also left the chamber immediately after the Prime Minister’s announcement in the Commons.
During a statement about last week’s European Council, Mrs May told MPs: “I was just looking at what I believe, Mr Speaker, is some breaking news that the Russian ambassador to Turkey has been shot, which is a matter which has yet to be confirmed, but I think is a matter of concern.”
Attack ‘aimed at ruining Turkey – Russia relations’
The Mayor of Ankara says the attack was directed at ruining relations between Turkey and Russia.
Russia is Syria’s most powerful ally and has played a significant role in the Syrian government’s attempts to eradicate rebel groups across the country.
In recent weeks pro-government forces have made rapid advances on rebel-held territory in war-torn Aleppo, leaving many people dead or wounded.
Gunman has been ‘neutralised’
The gunman involved in the shooting has been “neutralised” according to reports.
There had been earlier reports that a hostage situation was underway – which have now been denied.
The man was heard to shout in reference to Aleppo as the shooting occurred.
Cameras capture shooting
CAMERAS CAPTURE MOMENT RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR SHOT DEAD IN TURKEY
Cameras have captured the moment the Russian ambassador was shot.
It’s being reported than a gunman was seeking revenge for the victims of Aleppo.
Russian State Media has confirmed Andrei Karlov has died of his injuries.
The gunman allegedly entered the gallery with police identification, and Mr Karlov reportedly did not have a security detail with him.
Three others were reportedly wounded as the shooting continued and people fled for their lives.
Photos and video published online by Turkish media showed Mr Karlov and a second person on the floor after being shot.
Images showed the attacker, wearing a black suit, standing near Mr Karlov with his hands clasped before pulling out a handgun in his right hand.