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Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot dead

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot dead in Ankara, Turkey.

Andrei Karlov who became Russian Ambassador to Turkey in July of 2013 was recently shot and killed at an art gallery exhibition in Ankara Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, reportedly by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş a member of the Turkish police-force.

Karlov began his diplomatic career in 1976, and has previously served in North Korea. In 1976, Karlov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. That same year he joined the diplomatic service. In 1992, he graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He was fluent in Korean, having served as Russia’s ambassador to South Korea from 1992 to 1997 and to North Korea from 2001 to 2006.

U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said they were aware of reports about the shooting but declined to provide details.

According to an AP photographer in the audience 62-year-old Andrei Karlov was several minutes into a speech at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition in Ankara the capital city of Turkey, when the attacker wearing a suit and tie shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired at least eight shots. The attacker also said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed Andrei Karlov’s passing as the result of a “terrorist act.” The U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby also claims that Andrei Karlov death is an act of violence. Officials have not provided details of the attack yet.

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