Ambassador of Russia to Turkey Andrei Karlov was assassinated during his speech at the opening of the gallery at the Center for Contemporary Art, the publication Hürriyet reports.

Turkish media also informed that the attack was carried out by radical Islamists. It was also known that Karlov was taken to hospital in serious condition.

According to the information provided, 15-20 shots were made in the building surrounded by law enforcement officials.

The Hürriyet journalist and also an eyewitness, says that the terrorist who was standing behind the Ambassador, first fired in the air and then shot the official in the back. After a while the room was empty, and the attacker fired at the Russian diplomat again. The terrorist stayed in the center building while the Police was preparing for the operation.

After 25 minutes of shootout a skirmish was over. The Minister of Internal Affairs of Turkey Süleyman Soylu arrived at the scene.

According to the latest information, the attacked Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov died in hospital. The attacker was eliminated.

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