Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot dead on Monday by an assassin identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas during an art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Ankara, Turkey.
He was a 22 year old police man who was granted access into the venue because of his police ID.
Mevlut Mert Altintas stood right behind the Russian Ambassador waiting to attack. As the highly respected diplomat was about to make his speech, Atlintas shot him nine times. The assassination was caught on Camera.
All present in the room were terrified as they took cover. Altintas smashed several of the framed photos on the wall.
The gunman then screamed out his message to Russia. First he yelled out in Arabic, “Allahu akbar” meaning “God is greatest”.
Screaming further in Turkish he said,
“We made an oath to die in martyrdom…it is revenge for Syria and Aleppo…until they are safe, you will not taste safety.”
“Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria,”
“Until these places are safe, you will not taste any safety either.”
To the journalists present, courtesy of whom the assassination was captured, he says,
“Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.”
According to Interior Ministry sources, Mevlut Mert Altintas was born in 1994. He graduated from Izmir’s police vocational school and for 2-year have been a member of the riot police in Ankara, Turkey.
Atlintas was killed by the Turkish force.
Russia’s foreign ministry has described his actions as a “terrorist attack.” Putin has shared his pain over the loss of one of he nation’s top diplomat.
”There can be only one answer to this — stepping up the fight against terrorism, and the bandits will feel this,”
As part of the investigations, Altintas’s parents, sister and roommate have all been rounded-up by police and family home search.
It was found that the killed assassin was probably fired from his work after a speculated involvement into the July ‘coup’ against President Erdogan.
There have been numerous prominent protests in Turkey against Russia’s role in Syria and the country’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.