Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated in front of terrified witnesses allegedly in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo.The gunman reportedly said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die here” during the shooting which left Ambassador Andrei Karlov dead.
The attacker was fatally shot by police after wounding Mr Karlov and at least three others, according to state TV.
Mr Karlov was delivering a speech at an art gallery in the capital of Ankara when the gunman fired a shot into the air and then shot the ambassador in a suspected radical Islamic attack, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
The assassination and aftermath were captured on camera, with video showing Mr Karlov speaking at a podium before falling to the floor.Photos showed the attacker, wearing a black suit, standing behind Mr Karlov with his hands clasped before pulling out a handgun in his right hand and opening fire.
The gunman extended his right arm and pointed the gun at Mr Karlov, and then gestured with his left index finger pointed into the air after shooting the ambassador.