A gunman killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey today. AP, via TPM:
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A gunman opened fire on Russia’s ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibition on Monday. The Russian foreign ministry confirmed he was shot, but did not immediately say anything about his condition.
Turkish police shot and killed the gunman, Turkish station NTV reported.
The ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the capital, Ankara, when a man wearing a suit and tie shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience. The attacker also said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition. There was panic as people ran for cover. NTV said three other people were wounded in the attack.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Karlov was shot “when an unidentified assailant opened chaotic gunfire during a public event in Ankara.” She said Russia was in contact with Turkish officials about the incident.
On Twitter, there are confirmations that the ambassador was killed, and also translations of what the gunman allegedly said before HE was killed that indicate this was vengeance for Russian support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Scary times.
It’s a good thing we have an incoming president who is cool and deliberative and understands the tangled alliances in that part of the world. Oh wait…