On 19 December, the Russian Ambassador to Ankara, Andreї Karlov, was assassinated when opening an exhibition focusing on how Russians see Turkey.

The man who fired at the ambassador (see photo), a policeman, had time to cry out « Allah Akbar ! » and « Vengeance for Aleppo ! » before being gunned down by other policemen and bodyguards.

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The ambassador —a close friend of Vladimir Putin— was driven to hospital but it was not long before his injuries got the better of him.

Anoosha Boralessa