Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has been shot at an art exhibition in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Russian embassy sources have confirmed to the Daily News.
Karlov was shot by a gun while making a speech at a painting exhibition in the Turkish capital, the embassy said, adding that it believed that it was a radical Islamist attack.
The attack comes one day before Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu heads to Moscow for talks on Syria with his Russian and Iranian counterparts.
Private broadcaster CNN Türk said Karlov was in a critical state.
Meanwhile, private broadcaster NTV said three other persons were also injured inthe attack.
Broadcaster CNN Turk said the attacker might be still inside the building and that Andrey Karlov had not yet been removed to hospital.
Hürriyet reporter Haşim Kılıç, who was at the scene during the attack, said attendants at the exhibit ran away after the attacker fired into the air. The attacker then targeted Karlov, Kılıç said.
Special forces surrounded the building in preparation for an operation amid the sound of gunshots, witnessed confirmed.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu also arrived at the scene.