Russian ambassador dead: Video shows assassin shouting 'Allahu Akbar' after shooting Andrey Karlov

Andrey Karlov was several minutes into a speech at an exhibition in the capital when he was shot

Matt Murphy
Monday 19 December 2016 18:53
Man shouts 'We die in Aleppo, you die here' after shooting dead Russian ambassador to Turkey

Video has emerged of the moments after a gunman shot dead the Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara.

Andrey Karlov was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the capital when a man wearing a suit and tie shouted "Allahu akbar" and fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience.

It was reported that the gunman shouted in Turkish: "Don't forget Aleppo. Don't forget Syria."

The man then yelled: "Stand back. Stand back. Only death will take me out of here.

"Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one."

He also shouted "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great" and continued in Arabic: "We are the descendants of those who supported the Prophet Muhammad, for jihad."

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the announcement in a live televised statement.

Russian ambassador shot in Turkey

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Monday that the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, had died after being shot by a gunman.

"Today in Ankara as a result of an attack, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, received a wound from which he died," Zakharova said.

"We regard this as a terrorist act.

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