ANKARA – The killer of Russian envoy Andrey Kurlov has been identified as one of the Turkish policemen; the city mayor said Monday.
The officer who was deployed for Kurlov’s security shot him when he took the rostrum for speech during a visit to an art exhibition opening in the Turkish capital, Turk televisions said.
“The attacker is a policeman,” Melih Gokcek said on his official Twitter account, after numerous reports on social media identifying the gunman, who was smartly dressed in a suit and tie.
The Yeni Safak daily said on its website that the attacker — named as M.M.A. — worked with anti-riot police in Ankara.
The incident comes a day before the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, is due in Moscow for talks with Russian and Iranian counterparts.
— Hurriyet.com.tr (@Hurriyet) December 19, 2016