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Man who killed Russian envoy identified as Turkish cop, he screamed about revenge

The man who shot dead the Russian ambassador to Ankara on Monday has been identified as a Turkish policeman, the city’s mayor said.

world Updated: Dec 20, 2016 00:03 IST
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A gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara.
A gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara.(AP)

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.