Born in Moscow in 1954, Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Карлов) was educated at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and the Diplomatic Academy. He began his career with the government at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR in 1976. Karlov went on to hold various diplomatic positions at the Russian embassy to North Korea. He had been Russian ambassador to Turkey since July 2013.
|Born||Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş |
24 June 1994
|Died||19 December 2016 (aged 22) |
|Cause of death||Ballistic trauma|
The assassin was identified as Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş (Turkish: [ˈmevlyt ˈmæɾt ˈɑɫtɯntɑʃ]; 24 June 1994 – 19 December 2016), who is described either as an off-duty or former Turkish police officer, having graduated from İzmir Police School in 2014. Some sources report that he had been fired from the police for his alleged involvement in the 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt.
After shooting Karlov, Altıntaş is reported to have shouted: “Allahu Akbar (Allah is great). Do not forget Aleppo, do not forget Syria.” After the assassination, Altıntaş was killed by security forces.
Karlov was rushed to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
Background and Motive
Russian and Turkish officials have held talks on brokering a ceasefire in Syria during the evacuation of Aleppo. Russia, Turkey and Iran planned to meet to negotiate a settlement over the Syrian civil war that would exclude the United States.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that the shooting was designed to disrupt the warming Russia–Turkey relations