Russian Ambassador In Turkey Murdered In Terrorist Attack By Shooter Screaming "Allahu Akbar" - Live Feed

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Summary of the tragic events so far, in which Russia’s envoy to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has been shot dead in Ankara by a gunman in an assassination apparently linked to Moscow’s role in Syria’s civil war. Here are key facts and reaction summarized by BBG:

  • The Gunman shouted about Aleppo, the Syrian city where rebels were defeated this month by Russian-backed government forces, as he carried out the attack at an art exhibit, CNN- Turk television says
  • Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek says man who killed ambassador was a police officer
  • Attack comes amid reconciliation efforts between Russia, Turkey as nations seek to improve ties after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet over Syria last yr
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Russian President Vladimir Putin to share information after the assassination, NTV reports, citing Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin called the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara a clear provocation aimed at derailing the Syrian peace negotiations.
  • Elena Suponina, senior analyst at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies which advises the Kremlin, says attack “will only bring Russia and Turkey closer together” because it shows “we have a common enemy -- terrorism -- and only by joining forces can we deal with this enemy”
  • “While Putin is unlikely to burn bridges with Turkey, he is very likely to adopt a tougher stance in Syria against the rebels,” said Nihat Ali Ozcan, an analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation in Ankara. “Russia may still be talking to Turkey at the table but it will probably have a much more aggressive stance on the ground in Syria”
  • Tougher Russian stance toward Turkey could delay return of Russian tourists; lira weakened after shooting to trade 0.8% down at 3.5337/dollar at 9 pm in Istanbul
  • Attack highlights fragile security situation in Turkey, where dozens of security personnel have been killed in past 10 days as a conflict between govt, separatist Kurds intensifies
  • Incident unlikely to change development of conflict in Syria, says Ayham Kamel, director of Middle East and North Africa at Eurasia
  • “Broadly we’re moving toward a position in Syria where the regime will incrementally consolidate its control over the trajectory of the conflict,” Kamel says
  • “The Russian support for the Syrian regime will remain on track and the plan to combine a military campaign initially with support for a political solution at a later stage will not significantly change”

Live Feed from RT:

The shooting caught on tape:

A photo of the attacker and his victim:


Update 9:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in televised comments that the “blackguard” assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey “is obviously a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations and the failure of the peace process in Syria.”

“The answer to this can only be strengthening the fight against terror; bandits will feel it.”

Putin says he discussed issue with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone, and added that Russia will send a group of investigators to Turkey, which was agreed to on the phone call.

The Russian president also ordered security at Russian embassies around the world to be stepped up, and stated that he wants to know who directed the killer's hand.

Putin said he would hold a special Kremlin meeting to discuss the murder.

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Update 8:

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara a clear provocation aimed at derailing the Syrian peace negotiations.

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Update 7:

The sister and the mother of the gunman who shot the Russian ambassador have been detained in Turkey's Aydin, CNN Turk reports

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Update 6:

The US has said it stands "ready to offer assistance to Russia and Tukey as they investigate this despicable attack."

The Turkish embassy has offered its condolences to Russia, calling the murder of Ambassador Karlov “an inhumane tragedy”.

“An inhumane tragedy occurred today with our distinguished colleague Andrey Karlov,” the Turkish embassy said, according to TASS. “There is no person in their right mind who would not condemn this evil act,” the mission said. “We grieve with all our hearts. We bring our deepest condolences to the people of Russia. This is our shared pain and loss.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry added that it won't let the attack on the ambassador to overshadow tires.

The ball is now in Putin's court.

Meanwhile, Twitter has circulated a picture allegedly showing the personal file of perpetrator, Melvut Mert Altintas, apparently proving he was a police officer.


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Update 5: And here come the accusations: according to the Ankara Mayor the Assassint was a "Gulenist",  suggesting that Turkey will promptly blame the "shadow government" of the cleric Fetullah Gulen who continues to reside in rural Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile the US State Department is urging US citizens to avoid the US embassy in Ankara.

EU spokesman Federica Mogherini said she "Expressed to Russia FM Lavrov EU condolences for unconceivable killing of Ambassador Karlov. Also in contact with #Turkey authorities"

At the same time, the Russian Federation Council, which branded the assassination a "terrorist act" said it considers the killing of Ambassador a grave failure of Turkish law enforcement.

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Update 4: According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia views the attack as a terrorist act and will raise the matter at a UN Security Council meeting. Furthermore, according to local Yeni Safak, the assassin is said to be a police officer. The man was an active member of the riot police force in the city, according to Turkey’s Yeni Safak newspaper, which gave the assassin’s initials as M.M.A. without naming him.

The publication adds that the alleged assassin was born in 1994 in Aydin and attended police academy in Izmir on Turkey’s Aegean coast, Yeni Safak says.

In a strange twist, eyewitness to CNN Turk said that people were checked with a metal detectors to visit photo exhibition where Russian Turkey ambassador was shot at in Ankara, suggesting there may have been coordination.

The following photo has emerged of the alleged assassin M.M.A. after his shootout with the police (NSFW)

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Update 3: The attacker reportedly identified himself as a police officer as he entered the exhibition, a Turkish military source told Interfax. “We have information, from one of the witnesses, that the attacker presented himself as a police officer, showing the relevant ID at the entrance. This information is being checked right now,” the source is quoted as saying.

The perpetrator, who was wearing a suit and a tie, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is great’ in Arabic) during the attack, AP reports, citing their own photographer. The attacker also said several words in Russian, according to the news agency, and damaged several of the photos at the expo.

Turkish authorities have stepped up security at the Russian embassy in Ankara following the attack, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

US State Dept spox issued the following statement on twitter:

We have seen reports that the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov and others have been attacked by a gunman in Ankara. We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families

The German embassy in Turkey condemned the attack in a tweet.


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Update 2: US equity markets stumbled and gold and bonds were bid as safe havens as the headlines hit...

Update 1


Another video of the moment of the shooting:

Is this the Archduke moment?

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The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has been shoot dead after an armed attack in Ankara. According to CNN Turk man opened fire in the air then fired twice at the ambassador, who was shot in the back.  Turkish TRT adds that after a shootout with the police, the gunman has been shot dead.

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov

The Ambassador shown moments before the attack:

The following photo from Huyrriet shows the moment of the attack:


And a video of the attack:


A photo of the attacker:


Footage from outside the building where the Russian ambassador was killed:

The attack took place at the opening of the "Russia through Turks' eyes" photo exhibition, Turkish NTV news channel reports, and adds that there is information that three other people are injured. Karlov is reportedly getting aid at the scene of the shooting, and is said to be in critical condition.

"The ambassador was delivering a speech at the opening of the exhibition, and suddenly, during his speech, there was a shriek 'Allah Akbar!' — and someone started shooting," an eyewitness told RIA Novosti. "It is likely that the attack was aimed at the Ambassador because after the shots were made the assailant let those present escape the room."

An Associated Press photographer present at the shooting of the Russian Ambassador says the gunman fired multiple shots - 8 or more

In video showing the shooting Russian Ambassador to Turkey, the gunman heard shouting "Don't forget about Aleppo, don't forget about Syria!" and shouting "Allahu Akbar"

After shouting about Aleppo the gunman also shouts  "So long as those places are not secure, you won't taste security yourselves."

Russian Embassy in Ankara has not issued an official statement concerning the assault yet. However, soon after the news emerged, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian Foreign Ministry would soon issue a statement. The attack comes just a day before Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's planned visit to Moscow for Syria talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts.

Soon after the attack, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu arrived at the site.

CNN Turk also adds that the man who shot the ambassador shouted about Aleppo.

Sputnik reports that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the information that Russian Ambassador suffered a gunshot wound. The official statement noted that Russia is in contact with Turkish authorities regarding the attack.

According to interfax, Russia has called on Turkey to protect and aid the wounder ambassador.

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Google translation from the latest upates via Turkish' Hurriyet:

Russian Ambassador Andrey Gennadiyevich Karlov was armed at the opening of a painting exhibition in the Center for Contemporary Arts in Ankara. It was stated that the ambassador and the ambassador to whom he was attacked were still inside. Special Operations Police turned around the building, 15-20 hand guns were heard. It is stated that there is a conflict.


The attack took place during the opening of a painting exhibition in Ankara's Center for Contemporary Arts. Russia's Ankara Ambassador Andrey Karlov, who came to the floor to speak after the opening, was attacked at this time.


Hürriyet Ankara representative Deniz Zeyrek said: "We have a photograph from our Ankara buremus and we have a photograph about the incident and there was an exhibition of photographs of Çamkatka while the ambassador spoke to the air before the attacker first shot it and then the ambassador shot him from the back. The ambassador and the aggressor are still inside.Police said in the preparation for the operation that "


Hürriyet photomuhavi Ha?im K?l?ç explained the people living there: There was a photo exhibition organized by the Russian embassy. A man in a black suit was standing behind the ambassador, who we thought was our protection when the embassy was speaking. And then he fired at the air. Then the ambassador shot.


The attacker said more about Aleppo. Then he wanted people to go out. As the people went out, they fired a few more hands into the body of the ambassador. I guess one of those invites came to one of the invites. He said that the Contemporary Arts Center's security was entering by showing a police ID. There were about 100 people in the guesthouse and they were completely evacuated. As the people ran away, the ambassador fired a few more hands.


Special Operations and police teams surrounded the building. 15-20 gun shots were heard. It is stated that there is a conflict.


In the meantime, Russian officials who spoke to said that the attacks were carried out by radical Islamic terrorists.

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The Turkish Lira is sliding on the news:

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Croesus's picture

Those warmongering Russians...begging for 'it' again.

Looney's picture


0bama: We do not assassinate foreign leaders, but ambassadors are a fair game.

Fucking cunt!


hedgeless_horseman's picture


Nothing on RT.

Question more?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) hedgeless_horseman Dec 19, 2016 11:30 AM

I posted a few hours ago Obama has sent 4000 troops to the Baltic with more to come along with heavy equipment. I knew this was his plan, he fancies himself as FDR.

30 minutes until the electors start voting on the east coast

Mr. Universe's picture

So let's see the Muslim president wants to send a Christmas message to Russia through Turkey. Our goose is cooked. Assholes.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


RT has it up, now.

Obama said he would respond.

I did not expect this.

FatTony7915726's picture

Arch Duke Ferdinand moment to unleash war

BaBaBouy's picture

Does Fucking WAR start before TRUMP .00000001% Gets In ???

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

I hope not. God help us if it is.

Manthong's picture

Well F me for being a skeptic…

A US or Israeli operator…  Captagon fueled whacko.??

Keep the chaos alive.


prayer out to the Ambassador and family...........


LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) hedgeless_horseman Dec 19, 2016 12:14 PM

CNN is "reporting" this? How do we know it isn't the usual fake news?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Where is the blood on the floor?

Does Kenny Lay have a new golf partner?

Manthong's picture

HH.. do you have any handguns that eject the hot spent casings into your face?

I don’t,  else I would have some welts that I would explain away as “Heidelberg Dueling scars”.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I cannot find a black pistol with a chrome or stainless ejection port that is shaped like that.

BaBaBouy's picture

Hedgeless... About the Finger.

The other photo shows him waging the other finger in the air.
Equally long...
He's got strange fingers, ET Fingers...

Uchtdorf's picture

Is that the interpreter also dead on the floor? What a shame.

Manthong's picture

Since I do not have better resolution of the “handgun”, when I try to grasp the perspective (H/W) of the size of the slide, I am kind of thinking it looks more like one of Angelina Jolie’s pieces than a real gun.

Unless it’s some kind of spec ops pieces… but then again it would not be used here.

Regardless.. the F’N port is on the wrong side.


El Crusty's picture

He's holding it in his right hand. Ejection port is on the right side, just like my S&W and just about every other semi auto firearm I've ever used/seen.

Manthong's picture

no.. see my pic link in this thread.

all-priced-in's picture

I have more than 20 pistols - they all eject to the right -


It looks like this this gun also ejects to the right.


What are you seeing - what do you think is wrong?

Manthong's picture

see link below... or maybe I am dyslexic.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


The back/rear side of the ejection port clearly has a very strange jog in it on the shooter's left/off hand side.  

What pistol do you have that has that?

Manthong's picture

I am dying to know...

but do you agree the casings eject left?


It seems to me the the spur at the top center of the slide and the open space to the left of the port would make the round spin off to the left as the bolt travels forward.

Manthong's picture

Ok, well maybe my bad … all of my Glocks , Rugers, Berettas, Colts and semi-auto whatnots do not show an exposed bolt until empty/locked open…  whatever…. I still don’t see how you get the pic I enhanced to throw off to the right though.

Dave Thomas's picture

Word has it, it's a Turkish Canik TP9SA

Here take a look at this and you'll see the ejection port is porked like in the image:

I couldn't find a decent top of the slide picture, but from all the different angles you can tell that the barrel's breech block is forged like that.


all-priced-in's picture

The jog you see is not just the side of the ejection port - it is also the top - it is your eyes playing a trick on you maybe.


My Kahr PM9 - came from the factory with a black slide - but the barrel is plain steel / silver colored.


The top of the slide has a knotch that could look like this in a photo.



Manthong's picture

I have way more :- ).

Just saying and having fun.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture


Note the middle one, which matches the grip.

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X_in_Sweden (not verified) Tijuana Donkey Show Dec 19, 2016 1:57 PM

Bet ya' 1,000,000 tukish lira the gun was supplied by Mike Morell.

You know, the ex-Cia Boss that said on tv countless time...."[I] want to see "Russians coming home in body-bags"."

Looking forward to him being found dead in his bathroom, after 'slipping' on a bar of soap & cracking his skull.


Did anyone in Moscow....hear me?

'd be a very nice X-mas present to the World.


By accident, of course.

xavi1951's picture

That only proves that you don't know guns.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


The back/rear side of the ejection port clearly has a very strange jog in it on the shooter's left/off hand side.  

What pistol has that?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Avi is a gun expert.  

What make and model pistol is that?

Battlefield USA's picture

It's a Glock. Also note that the pic has been distorted by being blown-up from the original size.

Manthong's picture

put the pic on a word doc... correct it and lighten it up.


hedgeless_horseman's picture


I cannot id the pistol.  

Can you?

In the video, the ambassador drops immediately, like a sack of rocks, and doesn't seem to move.  

From a pistol?

If it was a headshot, I would expect to see some blood under the head.

Looks like it might be some more of those Magic Hollywood Bullets. 

Manthong's picture

It's a short... 5" or so barrel... too beefy to be like my Glock 23..

Could be HK.

Regardless... you are correct, the port does not look right, it has to be on the wrong side and why is it not blue?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Pretty sure it is not an HK.

Their entire barrels are specially treated, and dark, not shiny.

Might be an Adobe CS5.

Manthong's picture

Damn Adobe's... the entire line... mighty fearsome.

And where can you buy string ties and trousers so incredibly tapered?

Democrats need to jump onto the Adobe full auto-in-your-face control....

..or maybe they already are.

Manthong's picture

Have they no sense of history?

He should have been wielding a 1917 Browning complete with ammo belt dragging on the floor.

Manthong's picture

All in all, it's really good that the terrorist practiced safe gun handling...

Keep your finger off the trigger and along side the weapon until you are ready to shoot someone.

Just  W T F am I missing here  ??????????????

War Machine's picture

he had one target, executed, and then its muscle memory...

also, and taje it fwiw supposedly he told people he wasnt there to hurt anyone else, although not sure how that squares with a later purported shootout with fellow cops (I doubt this - but jeezus who knows when it comes to Turkey)

Hedgeless might be right there on the weapon.

i love how 3 minutes after a story posts here I can count on someone to declare 'false flag' or claim its a hoax.

shit, doggs, that dude was dead within moments of hitting dirt - total loss of blood pressure/perfusion, yeah?

Here's what, gents: read what the NYT has to say to KNOW ehat is not true......

Vageling's picture

My first guess was something like a Walter. But the size is off. We are talking about Turkey. Have you checked Sarsilmaz Silah Sanayi catalogus? I saw a picture that resembles the gun. Black frame with the silver.

Sarsilmaz ST10

Chandos's picture

It looks like the Sarsilmaz B6-P imo.....

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Vageling Dec 19, 2016 5:08 PM

Im not a gun gal but how about this one.