A gunman has reportedly assassinated Russia’s ambassador to Turkey earlier today, shouting “Allahu akbar” as he opened fire on Andrey Karlov at an art exhibition in Ankara.
Russia’s foreign ministry described the shooting, which was captured on video, as a “terror attack.”
“We are currently in contact with Turkish authorities, who are assuring us that a thorough, comprehensive investigation will be conducted,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a broadcast on Russian television.
“Murderers will be punished. Terrorism won’t sustain. We’ll fight it.”
Images of the scene showed a body on the ground as a man with a pistol stood nearby. In a caption, The Associated Press news agency described the man with the gun as the attacker.
Through some videos and photos that have been released, it’s safe to say that man is the attacker.
In a specific video circulating on social media that shows the shooting of the ambassador, the gunman is heard shouting, “Allahu akbar (God is great). Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!”
“Get back! Get back!” the man can be heard shouting in Turkish as he waves a gun.
“Only death will remove me from here. Everyone who has taken part in this oppression will one by one pay for it,” he said. The video can be viewed below.
The shooting of the ambassador is the latest in an extremely long string of attacks in Turkey this year, although it’s the first in a long time to actually be directed at a foreign dignitary.
Previously, a car bomb exploded near a public bus in the central province of Kayserion Saturday, killing 13 soldiers and wounding 55 people, according to Turkish officials.
The attack came exactly a week after a pair of bombings in Istanbul killed 44 people, including 37 police officers, and injured 155 others.
The explosions, which occurred after a heavily attended soccer game at Besiktas Vodafone Arena, were claimed by a Kurdish militant group called the Kurdish Freedom Hawks.