Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot dead at an art exhibition in the Turkish capital of Ankara on December 19, Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Karlov was shot by a gun while making a speech at a painting exhibition in the Turkish capital.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova later announced that Karlov succumbed to his wounds.
Meanwhile, private broadcaster NTV said three other persons were also injured in the attack. The channel also reported that the attacker was shot dead later in a police operation at the scene.
The three wounded people were taken to Güven Hospital in central Ankara, CNN Türk reported.
Hürriyet Ankara representative Deniz Zeyrek said the attacker first shot into the air and later shot the envoy in the back.
He shot the envoy for the second time after the scene was evacuated. It has also been reported that the attacker entered the scene by showing a police identity and wearing a suit.
The attacker reportedly shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria! As long as our brothers are not safe, you will not enjoy safety” according to a footage released on Dutch website nos.nl.
“Whoever has a share in this oppression will pay for it one-by-one,” he added.
“Only death will take me away from here.” He also recited “God is great” before talking in Turkish.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu later arrived at the scene.
Meanwhile, Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin was studying a report on the attack.