AnkaraPublished December 19, 2016 FoxNews.
Com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print NOW PLAYINGRussian ambassador to Turkey assassinated in AnkaraNever autoplay videos Photographers captured the chilling momenta Turkish special forces police officer-turned-terrorist opened fire inside an Ankara art exhibit Monday,killing Russia's ambassador to Turkey and wounding at least three others as he shoutedjihadi propaganda before being killed.
Still and video cameras were trained on RussianAmbassador Andrei Karlov, who was giving a speech at the Ankara Center for ContemporaryArt when a man wearing a dark suit suddenly shot Karlov in the back.
Video captured the incident and shows Karlovgrimacing and falling to the ground as the gunman moves toward his body.
An Associated Press photographer on the scenetook several images of the gunman and Karlov lying on the ground.
Turkish media reported the gunman had beenkilled.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharovamade the announcement that Karlov had been killed in a live televised statement.
"We qualify what happened as a terrorist act,"Zakharova said, according to AFP.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had beeninformed of the attack, the Kremlin said.
The assassin was identified as a Turkish specialforces police officer, Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek told AFP.
Gokcek said the attack was aimed at ruiningrelations between Turkey and Russia.
The two countries had begun normalizing tiesin June 2016.
That followed a strained period caused whena Turkish combat aircraft shot down a Russian military jet in November 2015.
Turkish newspaper HaberTurk identified thegunman as 22-year-old Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş.
Witnesses said he entered the building witha police ID.
The gunman could be heard yelling "Allahuakbar" and shouting Arabic verses popular with Jihadis, according to a FoxNews.
Com translationof video of the attack.
"Do not forget Aleppo, do not forget Syria.
Wedie there every day.
We are not safe here in the streets when they are dying over there,"he said.
"You’ll never be safe as long as other mothersare unsafe.
Keep filming me, only my dead corpse will leave this building.
" The gunman then turned back to the Syria conflict:"Whoever is responsible for this [tyranny] is going to pay.
State Department spokesman John Kirbysaid U.
officials were aware of reports about the shooting.
Shortly after the attack ended, the U.
StateDepartment tweeted about a reported shooting in the area of the U.
Embassy in Ankaraand warned U.
citizens to stay away.
The State Department later clarified thatit was referring to Karlov's shooting and not a new incident.
"We condemn this act of violence, whateverits source," Kirby said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with him andhis family.
" Karlov, 62, had been Russia's ambassador toTurkey since July 2013.
He was Russia's ambassador to North Koreafrom 2001-2006.
Karlov is survived by a wife and a son.