Andrey Karlov was speaking at an exhibition in the capital when he was shot by unidentified man, Turkish media say.
Russia’s ambassador to Ankara has been shot and wounded in a gun attack in the Turkish capital, according to Turkish media.
Andrey Karlov was several minutes into a speech at a photo exhibition when he was shot in the back multiple times on Monday evening, Turkish media said.
His condition is unknown.
“Today during a public event in Ankara an unknown attacker started firing chaotically, as a result of which the Russian ambassador in Turkey was wounded,” Russian news agencies cited spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Zakharova added that medics were trying to treat the envoy at the scene, retracting an earlier report that he was taken to hospital.
The attacker let the guests out of the exhibition venue after he shot the diplomat, according to local media reports. Several media outlets reported that a gun fight ensued after Karlov was shot.
Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu has reached the location of the attack. Local broadcaster NTV television said at least three people were wounded and were taken to the hospital.
A witness talking to Turkey’s CNNTurk television said that the attacker was acting alone.
“He said that I will not leave this place alive,” the attacker said, according to the witness. The assailant reportedly talked about the situation in Aleppo after he shot the ambassador multiple times.
Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency said the attacker was killed by the security forces after a gun fight.
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