mandag 19. desember 2016

Gun attack on Russian ambassador in Ankara Live updates

The Russian envoy to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was wounded after a gunman stormed into a building where the opening ceremony of a Russian photo exhibition was being held.
  • 19 December 2016
    17:16 GMT
    The attacker reportedly identified himself as a police officer as he entered the exhibition, a Turkish military source told Interfax.
    “We have information, from one of the witnesses, that the attacker presented himself as a police officer, showing the relevant ID at the entrance. This information is being checked right now,” the source is quoted as saying.
  • 17:14 GMT
    The perpetrator, who was wearing a suit and a tie, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is great’ in Arabic) during the attack, AP reports, citing their own photographer. The attacker also said several words in Russian, according to the news agency, and damaged several of the photos at the expo.
  • 17:09 GMT

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  • 17:03 GMT
    Reacting to the assault on the Russian ambassador, the US State Department expressed its condemnation.
  • 17:01 GMT
    Photos have been circulating online reportedly featuring the gunman.
  • 17:00 GMT
    The gunman is dead, Turkish NTV broadcaster reports. 
  • 16:55 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive reports on the attack from the Foreign Ministry and the heads of the intelligence services, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
  • 16:55 GMT
    The attacker has been “neutralized” by police, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.
  • 16:51 GMT
  • 16:50 GMT
    Three other people were also injured in the attack on the ambassador, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.

    • 16:49 GMT
      The attack has been confirmed by the Russian Foreign Ministry. 
      “An unknown person opened fire during a public event in Ankara. As a result, the Russian ambassador to Turkey received a gunshot wound,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told journalists.