In a shocking act reminiscent of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was assassinated in front of press cameras on Monday in Turkey at an art exhibit.
The gunman screamed “We die in Aleppo, you die here” as he opened fire, leaving Russia’s veteran diplomat lying motionless in a pool of his own blood as onlooker shrieked in horror. The gunman, who is also now dead, continued waving his gun in the air, and ranting, immediately after the shooting.
The killing comes at a sensitive time in geopolitical circles as Russia’s involvement in the ongoing Syrian conflict, particularly as Russian jets pound the city of Aleppo, has been heavily criticized. The murder also occurred in a NATO-member country, something sure to add fuel to fire given Russia’s long-standing antagonism towards the Western-led military alliance.
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— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 19, 2016
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