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.
Footage - Live scenes while Russian ambassador shooted by gunman. #Karlov #Russia pic.twitter.com/JXQOa8l3yX— Hisen (@xiseyn) December 19, 2016
“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.
Russian MFA Spokesperson #Zakharova confirms Ambassador Andrey #Karlov died of his wounds. Our most sincere condolences to his family pic.twitter.com/b9eITgf1ir— Russia in RSA 🇷🇺 (@EmbassyofRussia) December 19, 2016
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.
Moments after Russian Ambassador #Karlov was assassinated in #Ankara https://t.co/uarW6OFphw pic.twitter.com/vi975vO98V— Arab News (@Arab_News) December 19, 2016
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.
It is confirmed that #Russia's Ambassador #Karlov, shot earlier today, is dead. Image shows gunman behind Karlov as he spoke at art gallery. pic.twitter.com/Nv3UCAO9bV— Alexandra Halaby (@iskandrah) December 19, 2016
The Bio of Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey
Full name: Karlov Andrey Gennadyevich
Born: Moscow, 1954
Died: Ankara, 2016
Died: Ankara, 2016
Education: Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Diplomatic Academy
- 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