The man who shot dead the Russian ambassador to Ankara on Monday has been identified as a Turkish policeman, the city’s mayor said.
“The attacker is a policeman,” Melih Gokcek said on his official Twitter account, after numerous reports on social media identifying the gunman, who was smartly dressed in a suit and tie.
The Yeni Safak daily said on its website that the attacker -- named MMA -- worked with anti-riot police in Ankara.
The gunman shouted out “Aleppo” and “revenge” as he fired, an eyewitness said.
“When the ambassador was delivering a speech, a tall man wearing a suit fired into the air first and then took aim at the ambassador,” Hasim Kilic, a correspondent for the daily Hurriyet, told AFP. “He said something about ‘Aleppo’ and ‘revenge’.”
The attack came after days of protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in Syria.