Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot and killed Monday after a man opened fired on Karlov during the ambassador’s speech at a public even in Ankara, Turkey.
The gunman shouted in Turkish, “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria...Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one." He then said in Arabic: "We are the descendants of those who supported the Prophet Muhammad, for jihad."
Turkish police shot and killed the gunman.
Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek said the killing was meant to disrupt the new partnership between Turkey and Russia. Officials from Turkey, Russia and Iran had planned to meet Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Syria.
U.S. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the attacks were “unacceptable.”
"The United States strongly condemns the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara today, which reportedly also left others wounded," Price said. "This heinous attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable, and we stand united with Russia and Turkey in our determination to confront terrorism in all of its forms."
Said President-elect Donald Trump: "The murder of an ambassador is a violation of all rules of civilized order and must be universally condemned.”
Publication date: December 20, 2016