The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed on Monday, while giving a speech at an art gallery. Turkish security sources said the gunman, who shouted “don’t forget Aleppo,” was an off-duty police officer.
“Today in Ankara as a result of an attack, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, received a wound from which he died,” Zakharova said.
The assassin’s motivation appears to be sympathy with the inhabitants of eastern Aleppo, mixed with Islamist convictions. In a widely seen video of the attack, the gunman can be heard shouting “Allah Akbar,” meaning ‘God is Greater’ in Arabic.
Turkish security sources say that the gunman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, was an anti-riot policeman who worked in Ankara. However, security sources said the gunman was not on duty when he made the attack.
The Russian Foreign Ministry described the incident as a “terrorist act,” and vowed that: “Terrorism will not pass [unpunished]. We will fight it decisively.”