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Breaking News: Terror Attack! Russia's Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, Assassinated

The Russian ambassador to Ankara was shot in an attack at an art gallery in the Turkish capital on Monday and the Russian RIA news agency said he had died of his wounds.

The assassination was a "terror attack," a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry said.

"Today is a tragic day in the history of the Russian Federation. During a public event, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov got wounded and died later. We qualify what happened as a terror attack. We are currently in contact with Turkish authorities who are assuring us that a thorough, comprehensive investigation will be conducted," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in remarks broadcast on Russian television. "Murderers will be punished.

Andrey Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, right, was giving a speech in Ankara, Turkey, when he was shot.
Images of the scene showed a body on the ground as a man with a pistol stood nearby.

A body lies on the ground as a man with a pistol gestures at the scene of a shooting in Ankara, Turkey, on December 19.

In a video circulating on social media that shows the shooting of the ambassador, the gunman is heard shouting, "Allahu akbar (God is great). Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!"

"Get back! Get back!" the man can be heard shouting in Turkish as he waves a gun.
"Only death will remove me from here. Everyone who has taken part in this oppression will one by one pay for it," he said.

An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, on Monday.

Authorities haven't said who they believe was responsible for the attack.


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