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e Russian ambassador to Turkey shot and killed in Ankara Monday, gunned down by an assassin, seen here, who security officials believe to be an off-duty police officer. The Russian foreign ministry confirming the death of Andrei Karlov, calling it a terrorist attack. Reuters Humeyra Pamuk is reporting from Turkey.
>> And he got into the building based on the accounts of many witnesses who were there, they all say that he showed his police ID to the security guards at the door. Obviously, it does raise questions in terms of the security, why the Russian ambassador did not have a security detail with him.
There is a widely circulated video on Twitter showing the attacker shouting, don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria.>> Local news reporting that the gunman was neutralized after the attack, presumably killed. A senior Turkish security official claiming quote, very strong signs that the shooter was a Gulenist, part of the group who tried to overthrow the Turkish government in a coup last July.
An adviser to US based cleric Fethullah Gulen calls the accusation quote, laughable in an effort to cover up this lapse in security. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin believe the attack was aimed at destabilizing an already fraught relationship between Russia and Turkey, who support opposing sides in the conflict in Syria.
>> This assassination comes at a very critical time in terms of Turkey and Russian relations. It was a day before a trilateral meeting that is due to happen in Moscow between Iran, Russia, and Turkey, which is going to be about Syria and specifically about Aleppo, and why the evacuations have been held up.
>> The Kremlin is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Its airstrikes instrumental in helping Syrian forces quell rebel resistance in Aleppo. Now the attack marks one of the most serious spillovers of the conflict into Turkey. Following the assassination, Putin vowing to ramp up the fight against terrorism, saying quote, bandits will feel the difference.