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Russian ambassador assassin shouts "remember Aleppo" then pulls the trigger

20 December 2016 8:11 AM

The 22-year-old gunman - who fired multiple shots during an art exhibition - has been identified as a Turkish police officer.

The fatal shooting of Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov, at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara by a Turkish policeman has been met with shock across the world.

Monday evening's assassination of the 62-year-old has been seen as backlash from Russia's involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

According to the United Nations, more than 280 000 lives have been lost [including civilians] since the start of the war over four years ago.

He was off-duty, he went to work and told them he had a heart problem and so didn't report for duty. He knew there was an art exhibition taking place in Ankara.

Umari Stambuli, correspondent

A statement from Russian president, Vladimir Putin, labelled the assassination as chilling and "a provocation aimed at sabotaging ties" between the two countries.

702s Bruce Whitfiled spoke to corresondent speaking from Turkey, Umari Stambuli, regarding the details.

He went home and changed and put on his black suit. When he arrived at the gate, he misrepresented that he was one of the body guards for the Russian ambassador.

Umari Stambuli, correspondent

Listen to the full interview for all the details below:


20 December 2016 8:11 AM