TURKEY. Ankara province. Ankara. December 19, 2016.
An Assassination in Turkey. Gunman M. Mert Altintas gesticulates and claims revenge for Aleppo and Syria, after fatally wounding Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey.
Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, also wounded three other people before being killed by officers in a shootout.
TURKEY. Ankara province. Ankara. December 19, 2016. M. Mert Altintas after shooting the Russian ambassador, on the floor, at a gallery. Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov later died of his wounds. The gunman was killed in a shootout with the police.
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What's your opinion on the attack on the Russian ambassador?
Damn, that was fast. For those who don’t know, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot by a Turkish policeman around one hour ago and later died of his wounds. If you don’t mind, I’ll exploit this post to make some kind of summary of everything we know so far.
By Tim Arango and Rick Gladstone. December 16, 2016
ISTANBUL — Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art
exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!”
and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in what Russia called a terrorist
The gunman, who was described by Ankara’s mayor as a policeman, also
wounded at least three others in the assault, which was captured on Turkish
video. Turkish officials said he was killed by other officers in a shootout.
The assassination instantly vaulted relations between Turkey and Russia to a
new level of crisis over the protracted Syria conflict on Turkey’s southern
doorstep. It came after days of protests by Turks angry over Russia’s support for
Syria’s government in the conflict and the Russian role in the killings and
destruction in Aleppo, the northern Syrian city.
The envoy, Andrey G. Karlov, was shot from behind and immediately fell to
the floor while speaking at an exhibition, according to multiple accounts from the
scene, the Contemporary Arts Center in the Cankaya area of Ankara.
The gunman, wearing a dark suit and tie, was seen in video footage of the
assault shouting in Arabic: “God is great! Those who pledged allegiance to
Muhammad for jihad. God is great!”
Then he switched to Turkish and shouted: “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget
Syria! Step back! Step back! Only death can take me from here.”
Turkish officials said that the gunman was killed after a shootout with
Turkish Special Forces police. The assailant’s identity was not immediately
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told the Rossiya
24 news channel that Mr. Karlov had died of his wounds in what she described as
a terrorist attack.
Russia news agencies said the ambassador’s wife fainted and was
hospitalized after learning of her husband’s death. They also said Russian tourists
in Turkey had been advised against leaving their hotel rooms or visiting public
places as a precaution.
CNN Turk published images showing several people lying on the floor of the
Russia’s Tass news agency initially quoted witnesses of the attack as saying
that there had been an “assassination attempt” against Mr. Karlov, and that he
had been shot from behind while finishing his opening remarks at the opening of
the exhibition, called “Russia Through Turks’ Eyes.”
While the Russian and Turkish governments back different sides in the Syria
conflict, they had been collaborating in recent days in efforts to evacuate civilians
Mr. Karlov, who started his career as a diplomat in 1976, worked extensively
in North Korea over two decades, before moving to the region in 2007, according
to a biography on the Russian Embassy’s website. He became ambassador in July
The attack was a rare instance of an assassination of any Russian envoy.
Historians said it might have been the first since Pyotr Voykov, a Soviet
ambassador to Poland, was shot to death in Warsaw in 1927.
For many Russians, the assassination is likely to recall the 19th century
killing in Tehran of Aleksandr Griboyedov, a poet and diplomat who died after a
mob stormed the Russian Embassy.
That episode is remembered as the most
severe insult to Russia’s diplomatic corps in the country’s history.
More recently, the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, now allied with Russia
in Syria, kidnapped four Soviet diplomats in 1985, killing one and releasing three
a month later.
The article does not mention it, but the shooter was able to enter the exposition by showing his police ID (he was off-duty at the time).
A man, right, reported by The Associated Press to be the gunman, after the shooting of the Russian ambassador, on the floor, on Monday at a gallery in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Yavuz Atalan/AFP/Getty
Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, speaking at the gallery in Ankara on Monday, moments before he was shot. Burhan Ozbilici/AP
People huddle during the shooting in the art gallery.
ANKARA, Dec 19 (Reuters) - There are “very strong signs” that the gunman who killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey on Monday belonged to the network of the U.S.-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated a failed coup in July, a senior security official said.
The official, who declined to be identified, said the current investigation was focused on the gunman’s links to Fethullah Gulen’s network.
The government says Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999, created a “parallel network” in the police, military, judiciary and civil service aimed at overthrowing the state. The cleric denies this.
President Tayyip Erdogan identified the attacker, who was later killed by security forces, as a member of the Ankara riot police who had spent 2-½ years on the force. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
We even have videos of the shooting:
Now, what do I think?
I don’t particularly sorry for Andrei Karlov nor the shooter (both are dead).
I am more worried about the consequences it will have concerning the war in Syria and the regional political landscape. I believe it will lead to a greater Russian participation in Syria. The shooter held obvious (Sunni) fundamentalist beliefs and this constitutes an early Christmas gift for Moscow’s and Damascus’ propaganda departments in their campaigns painting the rebels as sectarian Sunni Arabs (some are). It will help justify Russian interference (blood calls for blood).
Erdogan and Putin may or may not grow closer. On this point, I’m really in the dark. I lean towards the latter.
The ceasefire in Aleppo is even more at risk now and this worries me.
I believe the gunman acted alone and wasn’t on the payroll of anyone. No state implications whatsoever.
But I think it will at least prolong the war in Syria. This means more suffering, destruction, death, starvation…etc. especially for civilians.