Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot and killed at an art gallery in the country’s capital city of Ankara, The Associated Press reported.
A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed his death in a statement Monday afternoon.
“Today is a tragic day in the history of Russian Federation,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. “Today in Ankara, during a public event, Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot and, shortly after that, he died.”
According to Sputnik News, the Foreign Ministry said it considers the shooting to be a terrorist attack. Zakharova also said Turkish authorities have promised a thorough investigation.
Karlov was speaking at the gallery when a gunman opened fire.
State-run Turkish outlet Anadolu Agency reported that the gunman was killed by police on the scene.
According to an Associated Press photographer who was at the gallery, Karlov was several minutes into his speech when a man in a suit and tie entered, shouted “Allahu Akbar” — meaning “God is the greatest” in Arabic — and fired several shots. He also reportedly said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos on display.
The gunman also shouted “Don’t forget about Syria, don’t forget about Aleppo!” according to Reuters.
Sputnick News identified the shooter as Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a former police officer. Altıntaş, 22, was reportedly investigated as part of the July coup attempt in Turkey fired from the force.
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