Russian Ambassador to Turkey Gunned Down at Gallery

Assailant reportedly killed after shouting 'don't forget about Aleppo,' killing Andrei Karlov
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 19, 2016 10:50 AM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2016 11:38 AM CST
Russian Ambassador Shot at Art Gallery in Turkey
The gunman in Monday's shooting in Turkey.   (AP/BURHAN OZBILICI)

Russia's ambassador to Turkey was shot and killed Monday while making a speech in the Turkish capital of Ankara, the Russian Foreign Ministry is confirming, per the AP. Andrei Karlov was hit while inside an art gallery. Karlov was several minutes into his speech 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 BBC reports that the assassin also shouted, "Don't forget about Aleppo, don't forget about Syria." Police then reportedly shot and killed the assailant. In the ongoing Syrian war, Turkey opposes the regime of Bashar al-Assad, while Russia supports him. (Read more Russia stories.)

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