The Anadolu account agency said the gunman had been “neutralised” soon after the deprecation, which appeared to mark one of the most serious spillovers of the Syria disagree in Turkey. Relations between Moscow and Ankara have long been fraught over and beyond the conflict, the two supporting opposing sides.
The Russian foreign ministry authorized the attack mounted as Ambassador Andrei Karlov made a speech at the chink of a photographic exhibition. Hurriyet news per said Turkish special dragoons had surrounded the building. NTV said three other people were contusion.
A Reuters witness said that while gunfire rang out for some schedule after the attack, it had now stopped. A Hurriyet news per reporter said the attacker descanted Islamist slogans.
Russia and Turkey have been involved in clash in Syria across the border from where over two million Syrian refugees play a joke on settled. Turkey has been a staunch opponent of President Bashar al-Assad while Russia has deployed troops and its air exact in support of the Syrian leader.
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Tensions enjoy escalated in recent weeks as Russian-backed Syrian forces have donnybrooked for control of the eastern rt of the city of Aleppo, triggering a stream of displaced people.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Islamic State militants get been active in Turkey and carried out several bomb attacks on Turkish objects.
A photograph posted on twitter showed a man in a black suit holding a gat, standing close to a podium in the gallery, its walls hung with prototypes. Four people including what appeared to be the ambassador lay on the floor.
The US has consigned the attack.
“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,” said U.S. Official De rtment spokesman John Kirby in a statement.