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An Associated Press photographer says a gunman has fired shots at the Russian ambassador to Turkey. The ambassador’s condition wasn’t immediately known. The attack occurred Monday at a photo exhibition in the capital Ankara, where the ambassador was making an address. Photographs from the scene showed a man lying on the ground with an armed man dressed in a suit standing near him.
Further gunfire has been heard, according to CNN Turk, and the gunmen is reportedly still at large. CNN Turk said there were reports that the assailant had entered the gallery with a police ID and had opened fire on the ambassador as he made a speech. A photo broadcast on TV showed two people lying on the ground in the gallery.
The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Turkey, has been seriously wounded in a gun attack and taken to hospital, according to Turkish channel NTV.
Andrey Karlov has represented Russia in the country since 2013.
The gunman is still at large.
Initial reports suggested he was visiting a photo exhibit in the capital when he was shot in the back.
Hurriyet happened photojournalist Hasim Kilic said: organized by the Russian embassy in the photo had exhibition. A man in a black suit was standing behind the ambassador, who we thought was our protection when the embassy was speaking. And then he fired at the air. Then the ambassador shot. The attacker said more about Aleppo. Then he wanted people to go out. As the people went out, they fired a few more hands into the body of the ambassador. I guess one of those invites came to one of the invites. He said that the Contemporary Arts Center's security was entering by showing a police ID. There were about 100 people in the guesthouse and they were completely evacuated. As the people ran away, the ambassador fired a few more hands.
The perpetrator, who was wearing a suit and a tie, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is great’ in Arabic) during the attack, AP reports, citing their own photographer.