UPDATE: Russian Ambassador In Turkey Shot, Seriously Wounded In Ankara Attack
- RUSSIA AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY DIES OF GUNSHOT WOUND – RIA CITES SOURCE
Is this the Archduke moment?
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The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has been shoot dead after an armed attack in Ankara. According to CNN Turk man opened fire in the air then fired twice at the ambassador, who was shot in the back. Turkish TRT adds that after a shootout with the police, the gunman has been shot dead.
Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov
The Ambassador shown moments before the attack:
— RT (@RT_com) December 19, 2016
The following photo from Huyrriet shows the moment of the attack:
And a video of the attack:
The attack took place at the opening of the “Russia through Turks’ eyes” photo exhibition, Turkish NTV news channel reports, and adds that there is information that three other people are injured. Karlov is reportedly getting aid at the scene of the shooting, and is said to be in critical condition.
“The ambassador was delivering a speech at the opening of the exhibition, and suddenly, during his speech, there was a shriek ‘Allah Akbar!’ — and someone started shooting,” an eyewitness told RIA Novosti. “It is likely that the attack was aimed at the Ambassador because after the shots were made the assailant let those present escape the room.”
An Associated Press photographer present at the shooting of the Russian Ambassador says the gunman fired multiple shots – 8 or more
In video showing the shooting Russian Ambassador to Turkey, the gunman heard shouting “Don’t forget about Aleppo, don’t forget about Syria!” and shouting “Allahu Akbar”
After shouting about Aleppo the gunman also shouts “So long as those places are not secure, you won’t taste security yourselves.”
Russian Embassy in Ankara has not issued an official statement concerning the assault yet. However, soon after the news emerged, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian Foreign Ministry would soon issue a statement. The attack comes just a day before Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s planned visit to Moscow for Syria talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts.
Soon after the attack, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu arrived at the site.
CNN Turk also adds that the man who shot the ambassador shouted about Aleppo.
Sputnik reports that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the information that Russian Ambassador suffered a gunshot wound. The official statement noted that Russia is in contact with Turkish authorities regarding the attack.
According to interfax, Russia has called on Turkey to protect and aid the wounder ambassador.
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Google translation from the latest upates via Turkish’ Hurriyet:
Russian Ambassador Andrey Gennadiyevich Karlov was armed at the opening of a painting exhibition in the Center for Contemporary Arts in Ankara. It was stated that the ambassador and the ambassador to whom he was attacked were still inside. Special Operations Police turned around the building, 15-20 hand guns were heard. It is stated that there is a conflict.
The attack took place during the opening of a painting exhibition in Ankara’s Center for Contemporary Arts. Russia’s Ankara Ambassador Andrey Karlov, who came to the floor to speak after the opening, was attacked at this time.
Hürriyet Ankara representative Deniz Zeyrek said: “We have a photograph from our Ankara buremus and we have a photograph about the incident and there was an exhibition of photographs of Çamkatka while the ambassador spoke to the air before the attacker first shot it and then the ambassador shot him from the back. The ambassador and the aggressor are still inside.Police said in the preparation for the operation that ”
Hürriyet photomuhavi Ha?im K?l?ç explained the people living there: There was a photo exhibition organized by the Russian embassy. A man in a black suit was standing behind the ambassador, who we thought was our protection when the embassy was speaking. And then he fired at the air. Then the ambassador shot.
The attacker said more about Aleppo. Then he wanted people to go out. As the people went out, they fired a few more hands into the body of the ambassador. I guess one of those invites came to one of the invites. He said that the Contemporary Arts Center’s security was entering by showing a police ID. There were about 100 people in the guesthouse and they were completely evacuated. As the people ran away, the ambassador fired a few more hands.
Special Operations and police teams surrounded the building. 15-20 gun shots were heard. It is stated that there is a conflict.
In the meantime, Russian officials who spoke to hurriyet.com.tr said that the attacks were carried out by radical Islamic terrorists.
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The Turkish Lira is sliding on the news: