An off-duty police officer shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” after fatally shooting the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an Ankara art gallery on Monday.
Andrei Karlov was shot in the back as he gave a speech by the shooter who was later killed by police.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has described the attack as an attempt to undermine NATO-member Turkey’s relations with Russia, and said he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have agreed to step up cooperation in fighting terrorism.
President Putin is ordering extra security at all Russian missions, and insisted “we must know who directed the killer’s hand.”
The attacker was dressed formally in a black suit and tie, and there’s word there was no security scanning machine at the entrance to the gallery.
Three other people were hurt in the incident.
The attacker has been identified as 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, who previously worked for Ankara riot police.
Police have reportedly detained the gunman’s mother and sister.
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