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Witness to an Assassination

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

Yesterday we reported to you on the assassination in Turkey of a Russian ambassador. Today, the photographer present at the shooting writes about what he witnessed for The Times of Israel:

The event seemed routine, the opening of an exhibit of photographs of Russia. So when a man in a dark suit and tie pulled out a gun, I was stunned and thought it was a theatrical flourish.

Instead, it was a coolly calculated assassination, unfolding in front of me and others who scrambled, terrified, for cover as the trim man with short hair gunned down the Russian ambassador.

The gunshots, at least eight of them, were loud in the pristine art gallery. Pandemonium erupted. People screamed, hid behind columns and under tables and lay on the floor. I was afraid and confused, but found partial cover behind a wall and did my job: taking photographs...

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