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Is this the Archduke moment? Russian Ambassador assassinated. Images hit the web. Attacker’s name Melvüt Mert Altintas

The Russian envoy to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was murdered after a gunman stormed into a building where the opening ceremony of a Russian photo exhibition was being held.

Karlov was shot in the back and died shortly after the attack.

The assassin has been identified as Melvüt Mert Altintas. Turkish TRT adds that after a shootout with the police, the gunman was shot dead.

According to CNN Turk a man opened fire in the air, then proceeded to fire twice at Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov.

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With tensions in Syria at a boiling point after Aleppo’s liberation, is this the Archduke moment that will launch us into a global war?

Via an eyewitness who spoke with Russia’s RIA Novosti…

“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.”

“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.”

Turkish NTV reports that the shooting took place at the opening of the “Russia through Turks’ eyes” photo exhibition.

Three other people were injured in the attack.

Zerohedge reports

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.

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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.”

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.

 

The world awaits Putin’s response…

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