Three others were also shot in the apparent Islamic terror attack. The ambassador has since died.
Still and video cameras caught the cowardly attack as Karlov fell to the floor and the Islamist moved toward him shouting Islamic slogans that may have gotten him laid in the afterlife as he was soon thereafter killed by Turkish forces.
|Flipping the 'shahada' finger|
The Muslim assassin was identified as a Turkish special forces police officer, Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek said. This was probably why the gunman was able to be armed and to be so close to the ambassador.
The mayor told the media that the attack was aimed at ruining relations between Turkey and Russia now that the two countries had started to normalize ties in June.
The Islamist gunman could be heard screaming in Turkish: "Don't forget about Aleppo, don't forget about Syria! Don't forget to have my 72 virgins waiting for me, Allah, for I'm ready to make the trip to your promised land." (I made parts of that up.)
Russian officials told Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, that the shooter was believed to be an Islamic radical and could be heard yelling "Allahu Akbar."
Wow, ya think?
U.S. State Department puppet, John Kirby, said U.S. officials were aware of reports about the shooting. Then pulled out his worn index card and read: "We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."
Ambassador Karlov was 62 and has been Russia's ambassador to Turkey since July 2013. Prior to that, he was Russia's ambassador to North Korea from 2001-2006, indicating that Russia gave Karlov the crappiest ambassador assignments.
He is survived by a wife and son.
The condition of the other wounded is not yet known.