The Russian Ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated in what has been described by local authorities as a terrorist act.
The horror shooting took place during the ambassador’s speech at an art gallery in Ankara on Monday evening.
“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,” Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said.
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The gunman, a 22-year-old Turkish police officer is reported to have shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” during the shooting.
He has since been killed by Turkish Special Forces, according to local media.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop took to social media this morning, stating that the Australian Government condemns the attack.
“Aust govt condemns shocking attack on Russian Ambassador in Turkey – I extend my condolences to his family, loved ones & Russian people.”
The moment before: The Russian Ambassador to Turkey looks at a painting at a gallery in Ankara earlier today. Behind him, his assassin… pic.twitter.com/sZyJsTnAYo
— Tunku Varadarajan (@tunkuv) December 19, 2016