Tuesday 17 September 2019

Five things we know so far about assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey

Turkish police secure the area near an art gallery where the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot in Ankara, Turkey, December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Turkish police secure the area near an art gallery where the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot in Ankara, Turkey, December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Here are the five things we know so far about a fatal gun attack on the Russian ambassador to Ankara.

1. Location

Ambassador Andrei Karlov was holding a press conference at an art gallery in the Turkish capital of Ankara when the attack occurred.

2. What happened?

The ambassador was approached from behind by a lone gunman who was dressed as security personnel. It is not yet known if the man was an official member of the police force, but local media are saying he is an official member who was off-duty at the time.

3. The attacker

The attacker was 'neutralised' soon after the attack. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. It is being reported that the gunman shouted out, 'Don't forget about Aleppo!' after the attack. Islamic State militants have been active in Turkey and carried out several bomb attacks on Turkish targets.

4. Witnesses

There was a heavy media presence at the gallery as a result of the press conference. A Reuters witness said that while gunfire rang out for some time after the attack. A Hurriyet newspaper reporter said the attacker chanted Islamist slogans.

5. The background

This marks one of the most serious spillovers of the Syria conflict in Turkey. Relations between Moscow and Ankara have long been fraught over the conflict, the two supporting opposing sides.

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