Monday, December 19, 2016

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead! "Allahu akbar!"

This is breaking news so just a short post pending details. AP reports that Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, has been shot and killed in a gun attack [How else would you be "shot and killed"? Ed.] in the capital Ankara.

An AP photographer said a gunman fired shots at Karlov at a photo exhibition where the ambassador was making an address.

According to Burhan Ozbilic (the photographer), the ambassador was several minutes into a speech at the embassy-sponsored exhibition when a man wearing a suit and tie shouted "Allahu akbar!" and fired at least eight shots.

The AP photographer was alert (and steady) enough to snap a pretty good photo. Here it is. Pretty snappy dresser for an Islamic terrorist, eh. You were expecting maybe a turban? It is not clear whether the killer was against Russians or against paintings depicting people (forbidden by Holy Qu'ran) or both. The Russian/Turkish/American reaction should be interesting. Stay tuned. I'll make the popcorn.

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