Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov along with several other bystanders have been taken to an area hospital after gunfire erupted during a speech Karlov was giving at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey.
The attack is being described as “targeted” and it is believed the attacker had a very specific reason for the shooting.
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During the shooting the attacker was shouting about Aleppo, Syria during the attack. Likely, in reference to Russia’s support for the Assad regime in Syria that is carrying out atrocities in the ancient city.
According to a DailyMail report:
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been shot and badly wounded while visiting an art exhibition in the capital, Ankara.
Andrey Karlov was taken to hospital and several other people were wounded, NTV and CNN-Turk television channels reported.
The attack came after days of protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in Syria and the attacker reportedly shouted about Aleppo during the attack.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (the equivalent to the United States Secretary of State) is set to join his counterparts from Russia and Iran in Moscow within 24 hours to discuss the situation in the Middle East.
According to a CNN report:
The ambassador began his diplomatic career in 1976 and has been the envoy to Turkey since 2013, according to a profile on the website for the Russian Embassy in Ankara.
Police cars quickly swarmed the scene after the shooting. Authorities haven’t said who they believe was responsible for the attack.