THE MOMENT OF ATTACK
Photos capture Russian ambassador shot dead by gunman in Turkey
A news photographer captured the moment a well-dressed attacker opened fire inside an Ankara art exhibit Monday, shooting and killing Russia's ambassador to Turkey and wounding at least three other people before he was killed in an apparent Islamic terror attack.
Still and video cameras were trained on Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov, who was giving a speech when a man in short hair and a dark suit suddenly shot Karlov in the back. Video captured of the incident shows Karlov grimacing and falling to the ground as the gunman moving toward his body. An Associated Press photographer on the scene took several images of the gunman and Karlov lying on the ground.
Click to see pictures of the attack taken from inside the hall
Turkish media reported the gunman had been killed. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the announcement that Karlov had been killed in a live televised statement.
The assassin was identified as a Turkish special forces police officer, Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek told AFP. Gokcek said the attack was aimed at ruining relations between Turkey and Russia. The two countries had begun normalizing ties in June 2016. That followed a strained period caused when a Turkish combat aircraft shot down a Russian military jet in November 2015.
Click here to see graphic video of the attack in Ankara
The gunman could be heard yelling "Allahu akbar" and shouting Arabic verses popular with Jihadis, according to a FoxNews.com translation of video of the attack.
"Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria," he said. "As long as our...are not safe, you will not taste safety."
The gunman then told those in the room to "Move back, move back."
"Only death will get me out of here," he said before again turning to the Syria conflict: "All those who have a share in this torture will pay one by one."
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said U.S. officials were aware of reports about the shooting.
Shortly after the attack ended, the U.S. State Department tweeted about a reported shooting in the area of the U.S. embassy in Ankara and warned U.S. citizens to stay away. The State Department later clarified that it was referring to the Russian ambassador's shooting and not a new incident.
"We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source," Kirby said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."
Karlov, 62, had been Russia's ambassador to Turkey since July 2013. He was Russia's ambassador to North Korea from 2001-2006.
Karlov is survived by a wife and a son.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Russian ambassador to Turkey shot in Ankara | Fox News
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