Turkish police arrested 5 suspects in murder of Russian ambassador
In Turkey, law enforcement officers have arrested five men; all of them are suspects in the murder of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov.
According to police, one of the suspects Suleyman Ergen is an activist of an organization led by opposition Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who currently lives in the United States.
It is noteworthy that four out of five suspects are military students of a police school. The assassin Mevlut Altintas also had studied there. The Anadolu Information Agency has released the suspects’ names; they are Ilker Er, Erdogan Erdincli, Ziya Sehitoglu, and Abdulkadir Yagın.
According to investigation, Suleyman Ergen was the leader of the opposition students. Law enforcers believe that the murder of the Russian official was not spontaneous. The action was thoroughly planned. The Russian side has qualified the crime as a terrorist act.
Let us recall, December 19, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was killed by a 22-year-old former Turkish police officer. The culprit was liquidated by SWAT fighters.
Law enforcement officials are also confident that the killer had cooperated with Gulen’s preaching organization. According to Minister of Internal Affairs of Turkey Suleyman Soylu, this crime, just as the terrorist attacks in Turkey in 2015 were aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.