A gunman wearing a suit and tie and shouting Allahu Akbar shot and killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey as he gave a speech at a photo exhibition in Ankara on Monday.

Turkish police fatally shot the gunman, Turkish station NTV reported.

The ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was several minutes into his speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition in the capital, Ankara, when the gunman fired at least eight shots, according to an AP photographer in the audience. The attacker also smashed several of the photos hung for the exhibition. There was panic as people ran for cover. NTV said three other people were wounded in the attack

The gunman has been identified as a Turkish policeman, Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek  said.

(Inputs from The Hindu)

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