Turkish Man Who Assassinated Russian Envoy Was a Police Officer
The man who shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey at a photography exhibition in the Turkish capital was identified as a special forces police officer, Heather Nauert reported.
Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, was identified by the HaberTurk newspaper as the gunman who shouted "Allahu Akbar" and killed Andrei Karlov at an Ankara art exhibition.
GRN reporter Tom Stevenson told Nauert that Altintas was not acting on the orders of the police at the time.
Altintas was apparently upset with Russia's involvement in the Syrian crisis, calling out "Do not forget Aleppo... we die there every day. We are not safe here in the streets when they are dying over there," according to a Fox News translation of the video of the attack.
"Whoever is responsible for this [tyranny] is going to pay." Altintas said, according to FoxNews.com.
Altintas was killed after the incident, local media reports said.