Russian ambassador to Turkey wounded in Ankara shooting

The Russian ambassador to Ankara was seriously wounded on Monday in a gun attack at an art gallery in the Turkish capital and was taken to hospital, Turkish media has reported.

The unconfirmed reports said Andrei Karlov was attending the opening of an exhibit at a contemporary arts centre when he was attacked. Hurriyet newspaper said he had been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Hurriyet’s Daily News said sources at the Russian embassy had confirmed the attack, while CNN Türk said several more people were injured.

The incident comes a day before the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, is due in Moscow for talks with Russian and Iranian counterparts.
Russia and Turkey have recently gone some way to mending ties, following a long freeze in relations after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane in November 2015.

Karlov is a career diplomat who had previously served as ambassador to North Korea.

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