The envoy was delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit in Ankara when an armed assailant reportedly opened fire on him. Karlov was shot multiple times and seriously wounded.
Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the Russian ambassador to Turkey had died.
“Today in Ankara as a result of an attack, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Gennadyevich Karlov, received a wound from which he died,” Zakharova said.
Local news channels reported several others wounded. Pictures published by the Hurriyet daily showed at least two injured men as another man brandished a gun.
Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted a witness, “It is likely that the attack was aimed at the ambassador because after the shots were made the assailant let those present escape the room.”
The assailant was later shot dead by security personnel.
The attack happened at the Cagdas Sanatlar Merkezi, a major art exhibition hall in the Cankaya district of Ankara where most foreign embassies are located including Russia’s mission.
The attack on the Russian ambassador to Turkey was an attempt at ruining Turkish relations with Moscow, according to the mayor of Ankara, Melih Gokcek.
The United Nations and the US Department of State condemned the attack on the Russian diplomat.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.