Turkey

Gunman Kills Russian Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara

12/19/16
from The Wall Street Journal,
12/19/16:

Shooter opened fire on Andrey Karlov at gallery opening.

A gunman killed Russia’s envoy to Turkey during a gallery opening at the capital, according to Russia’s foreign ministry. Turkish television stations broadcast a photograph showing Ambassador Andrey Karlov splayed on the floor by a podium, with a man in a suit holding a handgun behind him. Russia’s foreign ministry called the shooting a terrorist attack. The assailant shot numerous times at the Russian envoy and didn’t target anyone else, said Hasim Kilic, an Ankara reporter for Hurriyet newspaper, during a broadcast on CNN Turk. “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. For things happening in Syria those responsible will pay for that,” the assailant can be heard shouting in a video of the incident. There were dozens of rounds of gunfire after the ambassador was shot, according to Mr. Kilic. The assailant was “rendered ineffective,” Anadolu reported. Russian forces have supported a Syrian government assault there, helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime take the city. A cease-fire deal brokered by Russia and Turkey helped clear the way for the continuing evacuation of rebel-held areas of Aleppo. Mr. Karlov had been in Ankara as Russia’s ambassador since July 2013. The gallery was at a modern-art center close to Turkish parliament.

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