Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated on live TV

Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated on live TV

Kerry Wise
December 24, 2016

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov speaks a gallery in Ankara Monday Dec. 19, 2016.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talked with his Turkish counterpart Tuesday about allegations by some in Turkey that the U.S. was somehow involved, which a spokesman called ridiculous.

Cavusoglu also told Kerry that both Turkey and Russian Federation "know" that a movement led by US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the attack, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

The ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was several minutes into his speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the capital, Ankara, when the gunman fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience. Those trying to destroy the bridges and comprehensive ties between Russian Federation and Turkey through this heinous assassination will not achieve their goals.

With reporting from The Associated Press.

He was later gunned down by security forces, local media reports said.

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Police have arrested six people over the killing, including Altintas's mother, father, sister and three other relatives, as well as his roommate.

Mr Karlov was speaking at an event for the gallery's showing of an exhibition of photos from Russian Federation, entitled "From Kaliningrad to Kamchatka".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also responded to the attacks: "Both [Russia and Turkey] understand that this low act will not harm our relations", Cavusoglu said.

An investigation has been launched into why Turkish police did not capture the Russian ambassador to Turkey's assassin alive.

Mrs Karlov was present when Altintas opened fire on her husband, who took up his posting in Ankara in 2013.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack was "without doubt a provocation aimed at spoiling the normalization of Russo-Turkish relations". Do not forget Aleppo! He shouted religious phrases and appeared to condemn Russian bombardments of rebel-held neighbourhoods of Syria's Aleppo city - the shooting followed protests by Turks who criticized Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.