Russian ambassador to Turkey shot while attending Ankara photo exhibition (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
A gunman opened fire on Russia’s ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibition on Monday, wounding the diplomat and injuring three others before he was shot and killed.
The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said Andrei Karlov was hospitalized with a gunshot wound.
Karlov was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the capital, Ankara, when a man wearing a suit and tie shouted “Allahu akbar” and fired multiple shots, striking Karlov.
The attacker – who was later shot and killed by Turkish police – also said some words in Russian and smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Karlov was shot “when an unidentified assailant opened chaotic gunfire during a public event in Ankara.” She said Russia was in contact with Turkish officials about the incident.
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said U.S. officials were aware of reports about the shooting.
“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,” Kirby said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
Karlov started his diplomatic career in 1976 and has served in diplomatic posts to Korea before being named ambassador to Turkey in 2013.
Karlov is married and has a son.