Assasin guns down Russian ambassador in Ankara, Turkey

The assassin has been identified as a 22-year old Turkish police M.M.A from Ankara police special force department. Image: shapshot from video at Nos.nl 

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The Russian ambassador to Turkey, and at least three others, were shot by a lone gunman in a hotel in Ankara, the Turkish capital. The assault took place in the Cankaya hotel in central Ankara near the Turkish parliament where the envoy, Andrey G. Karlov, was giving a speech at the opening of an exhibition called “Russia through Turks’ eyes.” The Turkish television news station NTV reported that at least three other people had been wounded, New York Times reported.

Russia’s MFA said that the ambassador died in the hospital from gunshot wounds and called the incident a “terrorist attack.” The The Turkish assailant was a riot-police not in active duty, BBC Turkce reported.

Early reports identify the attacker as a 22 years-old Turkish police M.M.A from Ankara police special force department. He was killed in a shootout with Turkish special police, NYT reports quoting bystanders.

The assassin made exclamations in Arabic (with western Turkish accent) and Turkish about Syria. In different translations, he said:

“We’ve made an oath to Muhammad to die in martyrdom … [It is] a revenge for Syria and Aleppo.”

“Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.” “You won’t be safe” “Only my dead body will leave here.”

The armed attack against the Russian ambassador came a day ahead of Moscow talks on Aleppo and Syria between Russia, Turkey, and Iran, and amid protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in the Syria war. Russia and Turkey had been backing different sides in the conflict yet collaborated to evacuate civilians from the war-torn city of Aleppo.

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