A Turkish policeman crying “Aleppo” and “revenge” shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey at an art exhibition in Ankara on Monday, in what Moscow said was a “terrorist act”.
Andrei Karlov died of his wounds after the shooting, which occurred on the eve of a key meeting between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers on the Syria conflict.
Dramatic television footage showed a man in a dark suit and tie waving a gun and gesturing in the air at the Ankara exhibition hall. The state-run Anadolu news agency said the gunman had been “neutralised” in a police operation, without giving further details.
Soon after the attack, graphic photos and videos started doing the rounds on Twitter that captured the moment the envoy was attacked.
The attacker calmly stood behind the envoy, who was speaking at the exhibition.
The moment before: The Russian Ambassador to Turkey looks at a painting at a gallery in Ankara earlier today. Behind him, his assassin... pic.twitter.com/sZyJsTnAYo— Tunku Varadarajan (@tunkuv) December 19, 2016