Russia’s ambassador to Ankara was fatally shot while visiting an art exhibition opening in the Turkish capital, television reports said. Russia’s state news agency said Andrey Karlov had died at
the scene of gunshot wounds.
Earlier it was reported Mr Karlov had been hospitalised and several other people wounded, NTV and CNN-Turk televisions said. According to the Turkish media the attacker has been ‘neutralised’ .
The attack came after days of protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in Syria, although Moscow and Ankara are now working closely together to evacuate citizens from Aleppo.
Pictures published by the Hurriyet daily showed at least two men in suits lying flat on the ground as another man brandished a gun.
The attack happened at the Cagdas Sanatlar Merkezi, a major art exhibition hall in the Cankaya district of Ankara where most foreign embassies are located including Russia’s mission.
Ambassador Karlov has represented Russia in the country since 2013.