How guard killed Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’
Shortly after Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated, his killer has been apprehended.
Karlov was shot dead while he was giving a speech at an exhibition in the Turkish capital, Ankara on Monday.
The gunman, a riot squad police officer identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, opened fire at the 62-year-old Ambassador, then stood triumphantly over his body shouting “revenge for Syria and Aleppo”.
The killer has been identified as a 22-year-old man who has been living in Ankara since the past two years.
Photos emerging from the scene show that Karlov’s attacker was standing right behind him all through the period he gave his speech.
The Telegraph is reporting that after the attack, the killer shouted “Allahu Akbar” – God is great – as he pulled the trigger.
He was also heard saying something else in Arabic which reportedly translates in English to mean; “We’ve made an oath to Muhammad to die in martyrdom… [It is] a revenge for Syria and Aleppo.”
The murder followed days of protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in Syria as a backer of president Bashar al-Assad and came on the eve of talks in Moscow about the future of Syria involving Russia, Iran and Turkey, which will still go ahead today (Tuesday).