Russian Ambassador in Turkey died after assault
Russian Ambassador in Turkey Andrey Karlov died after receiving gunshot wounds as a result of armed attack, RIA Novosti reports with reference to informed source.
NTV reports that the shooter, who opened fire in Gallery of the modern art in Ankara, where opening of the photo exhibition "Russia Through Turks Eyes" was held, is killed.
Attack on visitors of an exhibition happened during the speech of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, who was hospitalized in critical condition.
Photo: Andrey Karlov
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet notes that attack happened a day before negotiations on Syria of Minister of the Interior Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Chavoshoglu with representatives of Russia and Iran.
According to eyewitnesses, the attacker shot in the Ambassador’s back when he was pronouncing the speech at opening of an exhibition. The man cried out phrase with the name of Syrian city of Aleppo, and also demanded people to leave the gallery building. It is reported that except the Russian Ambassador more people were injured.
Up to now, it is known Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş is a former police officer. He was fired after a coup attempt in July 2016. The gunman, 22 yo, was killed by Turkish special forces.
Andrey Karlov was taken to hospital, where he died from injuries. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the government to award him.