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Monday, December 19, 2016

ALEPPO: RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY SHOT DEAD BY AN ATTACKER

Russia's ambassador to Turkey was shot dead after an attacker opened fire on him at a photo exhibition in Ankara.

The ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the capital when a man wearing a suit and tie shouted "Allahu Akbar. Remember Aleppo" and fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience.

The gunman is seen at rear on the left as Andrei Karlov speaks at the gallery in Ankara, moments before his death.

Turkish police have also fatally shot the gunman involved, according to the NTV news channel. He is understood to have been a police officer in his early 20s.

Three other people injured were still inside the gallery, according to reports.

It was reported that the gunman shouted in Turkish ahead of the shooting: "Don't forget Aleppo. Don't forget Syria."

The man then yelled: "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."

He also smashed several photos which were part of the exhibition.

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