NEWS | Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov Assassinated on Live TV

NEWS | Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov Assassinated on Live TV

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NEWS | Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov Assassinated on Live TV

Image Attribute: An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey / Source: Twitter

ANKARA (Dec 19, 2016) - Russia's ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov has been assassinated by a gunman while visiting an art exhibition opening in the Turkish capital, television reports said. 

Russia's state news agency said ambassador had died at the scene of gunshot wounds.

Earlier it was reported Mr. Karlov had been hospitalized and several other people wounded, NTV and CNN-Turk televisions said.

“Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. For things happening in Syria those responsible will pay for that,” the assailant can be heard shouting in a video of the incident.

The attack happened at the Cagdas Sanatlar Merkezi, a major art exhibition center in the Cankaya district of Ankara where most foreign embassies are located including Russia's mission.

Turkish television stations broadcast a photograph showing Ambassador Andrey Karlov splayed on the floor by a podium, with a man in a suit holding a handgun behind him. Russia’s foreign ministry called the shooting a terrorist attack.

The Bio of Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey

The Bio of Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey

Full name: Karlov Andrey Gennadyevich 

Born: Moscow, 1954

Died: Ankara, 2016

Education: Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Diplomatic Academy

Career: 
  • 1976 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and Russia 
  • 1979-1984 and 1986-1991 – Embassy of the USSR to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 
  • 1992 – 1997 – Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Korea 
  • 2001-2006 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 
  • 2007-2013 – Deputy Director General, Director General for Consular Affairs Since July 
  • 2013 – Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey


Reporting by Hurriyet Daily, CNN-Turk, WSJ, and Twitter
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