Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has died of his wounds after being shot in Ankara, the Turkish capital, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Monday.
Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov speaks at a gallery in Ankara on Monday, Dec 19, 2016. The gunman can be seen in the background. (Image: Burhan Ozbilici)
A video has surfaced from the shooting, and the shooter was identified as an off-duty special forces police officer named Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş. He was seen shouting "Don't forget Aleppo. Don't forget Syria. Until these places are safe you will not taste any safety either."
The gunman has been identified as Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a Turkish police officer.
The gunman was shot and killed at the scene by Turkish authorities. The Turkish special forces officer posed as a bodyguard in order to access the venue and get close to Karlov. He was dressed in a suit and tie, complete with a Russian flag pin.
Tensions have escalated in recent weeks as Russian-backed Syrian forces have fought for control of the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, triggering a stream of refugees. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. ISIS militants and Kurdish rebels have been active in Turkey and carried out several bomb attacks on civilian and military targets.
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UPDATE: We've added a video of the shooting which shows the moments just before the shooting and the moments after. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVICED. SCENES BELOW DEPICT EXPLICIT VIOLENCE.