Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was gunned down yesterday (Dec. 19) at a photo exhibit in the Turkish capital of Ankara. The entire incident was filmed by a photographer working for the Associated Press.
The gunman, identified as policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas, fired at Karlov as the ambassador was ending his speech. As Karlov collapsed, the attacker shouted: “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!”
62-year-old Karlov had been serving as ambassador to Turkey since July 2013. He had also previously worked for the Soviet Union’s embassy in North Korea.
Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici captured the scene on camera. He was attending the photo exhibit about Russia at an art gallery on his way home from work.
“I’m here. Even if I get hit and injured, or killed, I’m a journalist. I have to do my work. I could run away without making any photos… But I wouldn’t have a proper answer if people later ask me: ‘Why didn’t you take pictures?'” Ozbilici recounted later.