Reports are multiple other pepole shot at the art exhibition. Shooter was apparently a police officer. Excellent coverage over at Weasel Zippers. Here’s the latest.
A gunman has shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria.
According to Russian TV, the ambassador had been attending an exhibition called “Russia as seen by Turks”.
Police later “neutralised” the gunman, reports say, without giving details.
Mr Karlov was rushed to hospital, reports said, but his death was later confirmed by the Russian foreign ministry.
“Terrorism will not pass! We will fight it resolutely,” said ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
“The memory of this outstanding Russian diplomat, a man who did so much to counter terrorism… will remain in our hearts forever,” she said.
US state department spokesman John Kirby said US officials were aware of reports about the attack on the ambassador.
“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici continued his work in the face of this. pic.twitter.com/mGdH37ZMei
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) December 19, 2016
Ankara, #Turkey – ongoing security incident near US Embassy. All US citizens should avoid area near Embassy compound until further notice. pic.twitter.com/5EABdgBO4o
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) December 19, 2016
I must have missed some details here in the reporting. Wouldn’t a Russian ambassador have an armed personal bodyguard or two with bullet proof vests? And why wouldn’t this be reported? And if so, wouldn’t the assassin be immediately ‘neutralized’ by them at their own risk and not the ‘police’ as reported? Putin will NOT be happy at their failure…
posted 12/20 834am Texas[Quick Draw]Time