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Newsline: Russian ambassador gunned down in Ankara, Russian agency says killed

The Russian ambassador to Ankara was shot in an attack at an art gallery in the Turkish capital on Monday and the Russian RIA news agency said he had died of his wounds. The Anadolu news agency said the gunman had been “neutralized” soon after the attack, which appeared to mark one of the most serious spillovers of the Syria conflict in Turkey. Ambassador Andrei Karlov made a speech at the opening of a photographic exhibition. Hurriyet newspaper said Turkish special forces had surrounded the building. NTV said three other people were wounded. A Reuters witness said that while gunfire rang out for some time after the attack, it had now stopped. A Hurriyet newspaper reporter said the attacker chanted Islamist slogans. Russia and Turkey have been involved in conflict in Syria across the border from where over two million Syrian refugees have settled. Turkey has been a staunch opponent of President Bashar al-Assad while Russia has deployed troops and its air force in support of the Syrian leader.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-russia-diplomacy-idUSKBN1481RE

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