“This is a tragic day in the history of Russian diplomacy. Today, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov died after being shot at during a public event in Ankara,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Monday evening.
The assault on the Russian ambassador is an “act of terrorism,” she added.
“We are in touch with Turkish officials, who assured us that there will be a thorough and comprehensive investigation [into the case],” Zakharova said.
The Russian ambassador in Turkey, Andrey Karlov was shot dead while delivering a speach on the opening of the exhibition “Russia in the eyes of Turks”.
The killer was wearing suit and a tie and shouted ” ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is great’ in Arabic) during the attack. He also shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!”
Ankara’s mayor confirmed that the shooter was a police officer.
The US State Department issued a warning to all American citizens to avoid the country’s embassy in Turley amid reports of a shooting in the area.
Reports of shooting near US Embassy Ankara, #Turkey– US citizens advised to avoid Embassy area until further notice.
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) December 19, 2016
— Simone Del Rosario (@SimoneReports) December 19, 2016
Americans “should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the State Department said in the warning.
A travel warning for Turkey has been in place since October 29, alerting US citizens of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.”
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