The criminal who killed the Russian Ambassador in Turkey Andrey Karlov, worked in the police, but at the moment of attack he was not in the performance of their duties. This was reported by Reuters, citing a source in the security service of Turkey. Later the interior Minister of Turkey Suleyman Soylu made a statement in which it confirmed that the attacker had previously been a police officer and served in the Ankara police, was named mevlüt MERT Altıntaş.
After the assassination of the Ambassador, the assailant fired several shots into the hall, wounding three people and was killed by soldiers of the special forces arrived.
Andrey Karlov was in the modern art center in Ankara on the opening of the photo exhibition “Russia through the eyes of a traveler: from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka.” It was organized by joint efforts of the Russian Embassy in Ankara and the municipality of the district Chancy in the capital of Turkey. Charles gave a speech from the podium, when the offender shot him in the back. According to eyewitnesses, the perpetrator shouted slogans about Aleppo and Syria.
The Ambassador provided medical care at the scene, but from the received traumas he has died. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Russia classifies the incident as a terrorist act. According to the mayor of Ankara, Ibrahim Gökçek, the murder of the Ambassador aimed at the deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey.
Many world leaders and the UN condemned the murder of the Russian Ambassador. My condolences expressed by the President of France Francois Hollande received a statement from the high representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin informed about the incident.
is an online broadcast after the attack on the Russian Ambassador in Turkey.
Security measures are strengthened near the Russian Embassy in Ankara. Rostourism called on Russian citizens to avoid places of a mass congestion of people.