The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov (born February 4, 1954), was shot multiple times while delivering a speech at an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey. The assailant, twenty-two-year-old Mert Altintas, was shot dead at the scene of the assassination. He was an off-duty Turkish special operations police officer.
Hurriyet Daily, a Turkish newspaper, had a reporter on the scene when the event occurred. Karlov was reported shot multiple times. Others who were not the primary target also suffered wounds.
Rumors that the Russian ambassador died on the ambulance ride to the hospital circulated quickly as the world waited to find out the Ambassador’s status. The Russian government has now confirmed the death as well as major news agencies. The Russian ambassador had succumbed to his wounds.
The man who assassinated Karlov was disgruntled about the rebel collapse in Aleppo. He wore a black suit and ranted against the liberation, shouting “don’t forget about Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar!”. He can be seen in the graphic video below after pulling the trigger on the civil servant.
The assassination comes amid recent cooperation between President Putin of Russia and President Erdogan of Turkey, who worked to end the violence in Aleppo by negotiating the evacuation of the remaining rebels from the city. President Putin has vowed to strengthen Russia’s efforts against terrorism.