Turkey Investigates Murder of Russian Ambassador

Turkish authorities will do everything possible to investigate the murder of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov, which took place on December 19, 2016, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“There is a joint investigation with Russian authorities and we are doing everything we can, we are not going to leave any stone un-turned. He added that Turkey was ready “to investigate everything that is behind” the ambassador’s murder.

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was gunned down while he was delivering a speech at a photo exhibition. According to Turkey’s authorities, the attacker, an off-duty police officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas, was instantly neutralised by security forces. Russia’s foreign ministry officially declared the ambassador’s murder was a terrorist attack.

Turkish media also reported that two more suspects, police officer Sercan Basar and businessman Enes AsimSilin were also arrested over the murder of Russian ambassador. According to investigators, Basar was the murderer’s mentor and rented an apartment in Ankara for him.