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Late Andrei Karlov’s Body Returns To Russia

The body of late Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador assassinated by a Turkish policeman in Ankara has been flown to his home country. Karlov was … Continue reading Late Andrei Karlov’s Body Returns To Russia


Andrei Karlov, Russia

Andrei Karlov, RussiaThe body of late Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador assassinated by a Turkish policeman in Ankara has been flown to his home country.

Karlov was shot nine times by 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, while he was giving a speech on Monday.

While police later “neutralised” the gunman, the Russian was rushed to hospital before his death was later confirmed by the Russian foreign ministry.

On Tuesday afternoon, his coffin was carried across Esenboga airport’s tarmac, draped in a Russian flag.

The dead was accompanied to a waiting plane, sent by Moscow, by an honour guard of six Turkish soldiers.

BBC had reported that the attack came a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria.

It says the attack was apparently made in protest at Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

US state department spokesman, John Kirby, said US officials were aware of reports about the attack on the ambassador.

“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”