A gunman, later identified as a Turkish police officer, shot and killed Andrey Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, as he gave a speech at a photo exhibition in Ankara on Monday. The attacker allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "revenge for Aleppo" before being fatally shot by police.
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, smartly dressed in black suit and tie, also said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition.
"He took out his gun and shot the ambassador from behind. We saw him lying on the floor and then we ran out," said the witness, who asked not to be identified. Two security sources identified the gunman as an off-duty police officer who worked in the Turkish capital.