The Diplomatist Tribute: Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov
Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov
Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

By Diplomatist Bureau

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov died after being shot by a gunman in Ankara, where he was attending a photo exhibition.

“This is a tragic day in the history of Russian diplomacy. Today, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov died after being shot at during a public event in Ankara,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

The assault on the Russian ambassador is an 'act of terrorism,' she added.

The Ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot as he was delivering a speech on the opening of the exhibition 'Russia in the eyes of Turks.'

The perpetrator, who was wearing a suit and a tie, shouted 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is great' in Arabic) during the attack.

Following the shooting of Karlov, the assailant shouted: "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!"

"Only death can take me away from here. Whoever has a role in this cruelty, they will pay for it one by one. They will," the man went on to say. Since last year, Russia has been providing Syrian government forces with air support in their fight against terror groups and rebels.

The attacker was killed by Turkish Special Forces in a shootout that followed.

The gunman was a police officer, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu confirmed.

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