By Saagar Enjeti
UPDATE 12/19/16 1:00PM EST:
The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, has been assassinated by a Turkish police officer. The attack is reportedly in retaliation for the recent crisis ongoing in Allepo, Syria, according to The Mirror UK.
The gunman reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” and said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die here” during the shooting which left Ambassador Andrei Karlov dead.
The attacker was fatally shot by police after killing Mr Karlov and wounding at least three others in what Russia’s Foreign Ministry has called “an act of terrorism”.
Mr Karlov was delivering a speech at an art gallery in the capital of Ankara when he was shot from behind in a suspected radical Islamic attack, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
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Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot at an Ankara art gallery Monday.
— Cumhuriyet (@cumhuriyetgzt) December 19, 2016
Karlov was shot while giving a speech; his condition is currently unknown, Turkish media reports. Several others were reportedly wounded in the attack, according to CNN Turk. Karlov’s attacker appears to be wearing a suit, and reportedly shouted during the attack. Some reports say he shouted “We will make you pay for Aleppo,” and others say he screamed “Allahu Akbar.”
Turkish media reports that Karlov’s attacker was shot dead by police shortly after the incident. One photo appears to show the gunman standing over Karlov’s body with a gun in his hand while gesticulating.
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) December 19, 2016