Karlov was shot dead as he was delivering a speech at the opening of an exhibition called ‘Russia in the Eyes of Turks’ at an art gallery in Ankara. The gunman, was killed at the scene and was identified as 22-year-old Mevlut Altintas, a member of Ankara’s riot police force. Earlier, the Turkish leadership accused the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) of being behind Karlov’s assassination in an apparent bid to sever Russia-Turkey ties. However, it is too early to jump in to any conclusions yet, as Russia’s goal is to “find the truth, not use the incident for some political gain,” the head of Russia’s Upper House International Relations Committee,
Konstantin Kosachev, said. Smartly-dressed in a dark suit and tie, Mevlut Mert Altintas blended in with all the other guests at the modern art center in the Turkish capital, an upscale neighborhood of luxury hotels and embassies. Mevlut Mert Altintas, a police officer who killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, could handle a firearm with ease. His first of multiple shots was a direct hit, piercing the back of Andrey Karlov as he spoke about the exhibit. “He knew it was going to be filmed and have consequence well beyond this room,” said Juliette Kayyem, a CNN national security analyst and Harvard lecturer. After firing multiple rounds, the gunman
shouted: “Allahu akbar (God is greatest). Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” “Only death will remove me from here. Everyone who has taken part in this oppression will one by one pay for it,” he said. “I describe this attack on Russia’s embassy as an attack to Turkey, Turkey’s state and nation,” said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “After the [attack on the Russian ambassador], during the talk with Mr. Putin, we agreed this is a provocation and there isn’t any dispute,” he added.
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