Gun attack on Russian ambassador in Ankara Live updates
- 19 December 201617:16 GMTThe 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 GMTThe 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.
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- 17:03 GMTReacting to the assault on the Russian ambassador, the US State Department expressed its condemnation.
We have seen reports that the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov and others have been attacked by a gunman in #Ankara. (1 of 2)— John Kirby (@statedeptspox) December 19, 2016We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. (2 of 2)— John Kirby (@statedeptspox) December 19, 2016
- 17:00 GMTThe gunman is dead, Turkish NTV broadcaster reports.
- 16:55 GMTRussian 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 GMTThe attacker has been “neutralized” by police, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.
- 16:50 GMTThree other people were also injured in the attack on the ambassador, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.
- 16:49 GMTThe 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.