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Russian Ambassador Killed in Turkey

Russian ambassador shot in Turkey, December 19, 2016 (Photo: screenshot)

Russia's ambassador to Turkey has just been shot and killed at an art exhibit in Ankara. Haaretz reports that Ambassador Andrey Karlov was assassinated by a gunman who yelled "Allahu Akbar!":

Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, was shot and killed in an attack in the Turkish capital on Monday and was taken to hospital, NTV and other broadcasters reported...

Karlov was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored photo exhibition in the capital when a man wearing a suit and tie shouted "Allahu Akbar" and fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience. The attacker also said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition.

A Reuters witness said that while gunfire rang out for some time after the attack, it had now stopped. A Hurriyet newspaper reporter said the attacker chanted Islamist slogans, including allegedly saying that the shooting was "revenge for Aleppo..."

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