The religion of peace. Showing its true colors once again. We bet the leftist media still cannot figure out that this event is a strong clue for them as to whom exactly Russia is fighting in Aleppo. They seem generally confused about it.
The jihadi was not even Syrian. Or Saudi. Or Qatari. He was a Turk. He had no actual immediate personal connection to anything happening in Syria except one thing: The Islamic ideology.
They are all the same. The call for jihad reaches through 1,5 billion of them. They just have to respond to it.
Here’s the real translation of what the jihadi was screaming:
Horror as Russian ambassador to Turkey is shot dead in art exhibition in Ankara by well-dressed gunman screaming: ‘Allahu Akbar… We die in Aleppo, you die here’
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- Andrei Karlov, 62, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was shot dead tonight at a gallery in Ankara
- Gunman Mevlüt Mert Altintas, 22, was a member of the Ankara special forces police department
- The killer shouted: ‘Allahu Akbar (God is Great). We die in Aleppo, you die here!’ as he brandished the gun
- The assassination follows days of protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in the bombing of Aleppo, Syria
By Stephanie Linning and Chris Summers In London and Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline
Published: 16:29, 19 December 2016
The Russian ambassador to Turkey was tonight shot dead by a Turkish police officer at an art gallery in Ankara.
Ambassador Andrei Karlov, 62, was repeatedly shot in the back at close range by a gunman shouting: ‘Allahu Akbar (God is Great). We die in Aleppo, you die here!’
The shooter, dressed in a suit and tie, then screamed: ‘Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.’
Gunman Mevlüt Mert Altintas, 22, an off-duty member of the Ankara special forces police department, fired into the air before taking aim at the ambassador. The killer was shot dead after a 15-minute standoff with police.
Putin has declared the assassination a ‘provocation’ while a Kremlin spokeswoman called it a ‘terror attack’.
The assassination follows days of protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in Syria and comes just one day before the Russians are due to host Turkey and Iran’s foreign ministers for talks on the evacuation of civilians from Aleppo.
Gunman Mevlüt Mert Altintas, 22, a member of the Ankara special forces police department, fired into the air before taking aim at Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey
The killer shouted: ‘Allahu Akbar (God is Great). We die in Aleppo, you die here!’ Before screaming: ‘Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.’
The gunman (left, in the background) was seen standing behind Andrei Karlov, 62, main, moments before he opened fire.
The gunman ordered visitors attending the exhibition to leave the room before firing again as they fled the scene.
An image of the gunman, lying dead on the floor of the art gallery, was posted on Twitter.
Spectators are evacuated from the gallery after Mr Karlov was shot dead by the Turkish police officer.
Dozens of Turkish police secured the area around the gallery following the fatal shooting of Russian ambassador Mr Karlov.
Russia officially condemned the shooting as a ‘terrorist act’ as a top Putin ally said it was ‘highly likely’ that it had been planned by the ‘secret services of a Nato country’.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson branded the attack ‘cowardly’ and ‘despicable’. In a statement, the US State Department condemned the ‘act of violence’, adding: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.’
Mr Karlov was shot as he delivered a speech at the opening of an exhibition at the Ankara Center for Contemporary Art, close to the Russian embassy. The horrific scene was filmed by journalists covering the opening.
Footage shows Mr Karlov stumbling and falling to the ground after being shot. Altintas, dressed in a suit and tie, can also be seen pacing the gallery while brandishing a gun in one hand and waving his other in the air.
He shouted: ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is greatest’) and then talks about pledging allegiance to jihad in Arabic.
Switching to Turkish, he then said: ‘Don’t forget about Syria, don’t forget about Aleppo. All those who participate in this tyranny will be held accountable’.
He also screamed: ‘Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.’
It is believed he used his police ID to bypass security staff at the exhibition. One pro-Kremlin news website reported that Mr Karlov was shot 11 times. He was taken to hospital but later declared dead.
Turkey’s Anadolu Agency has said the gunman has been ‘neutralised’. Reports suggest he was killed by police on site.
It is believed the gunman used his police ID to bypass security staff at the exhibition.
Altintas waved his arms in the air as he shouted at the terrified visitors inside the gallery.
Russia has branded the assassination of Mr Karlov as a ‘terror attack’.
The horrific scene was caught on camera by journalists at the gallery to cover the exhibition.
The gunman was heard shouting at the crowd during the horrific scene at the exhibition.
Mr Karlov (pictured) was about to give a speech at an art exhibition when the gunman burst in and began firing at him, shouting about the situation in Aleppo.
Witness Hasim Kilic, a journalist for Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, told AFP: ‘It happened during the opening of an exhibition. When the ambassador was delivering a speech, a tall man wearing a suit, fired into the air first and then took aim at the ambassador.
‘He said something about Aleppo and “revenge”. He ordered the civilians to leave the room. When people were fleeing, he fired again.’
Another witness said: ‘He took out his gun and shot the ambassador from behind. We saw him lying on the floor and then we ran out.’ People took refuge in adjoining rooms as the shooting continued.
President Vladimir Putin had been due to see a play at the Maly Theatre in Moscow, but pulled out after learning of Mr Karlov’s death.
Confirming Mr Karlov had been fatally wounded, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said ‘terrorism will not win’.
The gunman reportedly fired one shot into the air before taking aim at Mr Karlov. Pictures, gallery visitors leave the scene.
Spectators cower together behind a corner in the wake of the shooting at the gallery, close to the Russian embassy in Ankara.
Details of the killer were soon shared on social media showing him in his police uniform.
Maria Zakharova said: ‘We characterise what happened as an act of terrorism. We stay in touch with Turkish officials who assured that the most thorough comprehensive investigation. The murderers will be punished.
ASSASSINATION IN TURKEY WAS ORGANISED BY ‘NATO SECRET SERVICES’ CLAIMS KREMLIN SENATOR
The secret services of a NATO country is ‘highly likely’ to have been behind the assassination of ambassador Andrei Karlov, claimed a top ally of Vladimor Putin.
Senior senator Frantz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the Russian upper chamber’s defence and security committee, said: ‘It was a planned action.
‘Everyone knew that he was going to attend this photo exhibition.
‘It can be ISIS, or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan.
‘But may be – and it is highly likely – that representatives of foreign NATO secrets services are behind it.
‘What has happened is a true provocation, a challenge.
‘It is a challenge for Russia.’
The senator is a member of the ruling council of United Russia party, Putin’s vehicle of power.
The Russian Foreign Ministry vowed that terrorism would not win after the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Turkey.
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: ‘We call this event an act of terror.
‘Terrorism will not win.
‘We will strongly fight it.’
‘Today the same issue will be raised before UN Security Council. Terrorism will not pass. We will be fighting it strongly.
‘The memory of an outstanding Russian diplomat, a man who did a lot to fight terrorism – Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov – will stay in our hearts forever.’
The shooting comes just 24 hours before the Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is due in Moscow for talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts.
Moscow and Ankara are now working closely together to evacuate citizens from Aleppo but the Russian bombing of the city and the civilian casualties have enraged many Turks and also Syrian refugees in the country.
Last weeks protests were held outside the Russian Embassy in Ankara and Russia’s Consulate General in Istanbul over Russian involvement in the crisis.
Demonstrators chanted slogans against Russia, Iran and China for deliberately supporting the Assad regime.
They claimed that Russian forces cooperated with Assad to slaughter civilians in war-stricken Aleppo and using chemical weapons.
Turkish news website Yenisafak daily said on its website that the attacker worked with anti-riot police in Ankara.
Mayor of Ankara Melih Gokcek, who is known for his outspoken comments, speculated on his official Twitter account that the policeman may be linked to the group of Fethullah Gulen, who were blamed for the July 15 coup aimed at toppling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It was not clear whether the gunman was a lone operator, driven perhaps by popular discontent over Russian action in Syria or affiliated to a group like Islamic State, which has carried out a string of bomb attacks in Turkey in the last year.
Tonight Russian ultranationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky appeared to blame Britain, claiming the assassination was intended to stop an upcoming visit by Turkish president Erdogan to Moscow to seal closer ties with Putin.
He said: ‘The West is trying to embroil us. All conflicts were inspired by Britain.
Armed police gathered outside the art centre in Ankara after the fatal shooting of Mr Karlov.
A police cordon was put in place after the assassination, near the Russian embassy in Ankara.
Dozens of police officers arrived at the scene in the wake of the shooting on Monday night.
Russia has condemned the assassination of Mr Karlov as a ‘terror attack’. Pictured, the scene.
Turkish police officers cordon off the area around the gallery where Mr Karlov was shot dead.
The area around the gallery was closed off in the hours following the fatal shooting.
Armoured police vehicles arrived at the scene where Mr Karlov was shot dead by police officer Mevlüt Mert Altintas.
Turkish police secure the area near an art gallery where the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot today.
Turkish police arrived at the scene of the shooting and are believed to have gunned down the ambassador’s assassin,
He alleged: ‘This is done deliberately to frustrate Erdogan’s visit. For sure, now, the visit will be postponed.’ The assassination ‘was done for purpose, because we are ready to sign important agreements’, he added.
Political consultant Dmitry Fetisov warned: ‘There is no doubt a reaction will follow, both for Syrian terrorists and for Turkish power.
‘Our position in Syria will become tougher, surely. No single country that respects itself can forgive such a cruel act as the murder of its own ambassador. It will make Russia angrier.
‘It will throw all its military forces at eliminating the nest of Syria’s terrorists.’
Meanwhile Kremlin senator Frantz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the Russian upper chamber’s defence and security committee, said: ‘It was a planned action.
‘Everyone knew that he was going to attend this photo exhibition. It can be ISIS, or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan. But may be – and it is highly likely – that representatives of foreign NATO secrets services are behind it. What has happened is a true provocation, a challenge. It is a challenge for Russia.’
Strongman leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said: ‘This is the cowardly murder, for which all directly or indirectly involved should be severely punished.
‘The incident once again shows convincingly that the whole world must fight terrorism, all countries and security services.
‘Otherwise, the plague will spread across the globe.’
Tensions have escalated in recent weeks as Russian-backed Syrian forces have fought for control of the eastern part of Aleppo, triggering a stream of refugees.
Turkey has been hit by multiple bomb attacks that have been claimed by Kurdish militants, and beat back an attempted coup in July, where rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters in attempt to overthrow the parliament.
Since then, the government has launched a sweeping crackdown on the judiciary, police and civil service in attempt to root out the coup plotters. The involvement of a police officer in Monday’s attack could raise questions for Ereogan about a force denuded now of a number of senior and rank-and-file officers.
The undercover cop assassin: The special forces officer, 22, who gunned down Russian ambassador he was meant to protect
By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
The assassin who gunned down Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov has been identified as a 22-year-old undercover police officer.
Mevlut Mert Altintas shot dead the ambassador at an event in Ankara before he was killed by special forces.
Altintas was filmed as he blasted the ambassador from behind with his semi-automatic handgun during the launch of a photographic expedition.
Before he was shot dead himself, Altintas shouted in Turkish: ‘Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!’
He then warned journalists filming the event: ‘Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.’
The assassin who gunned down Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov has been named as a Turkish police officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas, pictured, who was killed afterwards.
Amid the chaotic scenes, eyewitnesses reported that Altintas shouted ‘Allahu akbar’, the Arabic phrase for ‘God is great’.
Turkey’s interior minister says that the gunman who assassinated Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was a policeman.
Suleyman Soylu said that the gunman was working for the riot police squad in Ankara for the past two-and-a-half years.
He identified the attacker as Mevlut Mert Altintas, born in 1994.
One witness said Altintas was dressed smartly in a black suit and tie and stood behind the ambassador as he made his speech.
The witness added: ‘He took out his gun and shot the ambassador from behind. We saw him lying on the floor and then we ran out.’
Ankara’s mayor Melih Gokcek said the use of Islamic slogans could have been an attempt by the killer to deflect blame from those responsible for ordering the attack.
Another Turkish website claimed to show sections of Altintas’s personnel file.
The Yeni Safak daily said on its website that the attacker worked with anti-riot police in Ankara.
Gokcek, known for his outspoken comments, speculated on his official Twitter account that the policeman may be linked to the group of Fethullah Gulen blamed for the July 15 coup aimed at toppling Erdogan.
It is understood Turkish authorities have already rounded-up Altintas’s mother, sister and his roommate.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: ‘We qualify the events as a terrorist attack, we stay in contact with Turkish officials who have pledged that a through all-round investigation will be carried out. The assassinators will be punished. Today this issue will be brought up at the UN Security Council.
‘Terrorism shall not pass, we will take resolute efforts against it.’
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to share information about the shooting of Moscow’s ambassador to Ankara, a Turkish official said.