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Russian ambassador was gunned down by Turkish special forces officer Mevlut Mert Altintas | Daily Mail Online

Russian ambassador was gunned down by Turkish special forces officer Mevlut Mert Altintas | Daily Mail Online

The assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been branded an act of cowardice as it emerged he was shot from behind by an off-duty police officer.

Russian media on Tuesday reacted with outrage to the killing but said it was unlikely to derail warming ties between Moscow and Ankara.

‘The murderer was afraid to look him in the eye,’ ran the banner frontpage headline on pro-Kremlin paper Izvestiya above a dramatic picture of Karlov with his killer looming behind.

Source: Russian ambassador was gunned down by Turkish special forces officer Mevlut Mert Altintas | Daily Mail Online