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20 December 2016

‘Life disappeared before my eyes’: photographer describes killing of Russian ambassador

Photographer Burhan Ozbilici was attending an exhibition in Ankara when Mevlut Mert Altıntas shot and killed Andrei Karlov.

Here Ozbilici, who works for the Associated Press, describes what happened:

The event seemed routine, the opening of an exhibit of photographs of Russia. So when a man in a dark suit and tie pulled out a gun, I was stunned and thought it was a theatrical flourish.

Instead, it was a coolly calculated assassination, unfolding in front of me and others who scrambled, terrified, for cover as the trim man with short hair gunned down the Russian ambassador. Full Article here: :https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/20/photographer-burhan-ozbilici-killing-turkey-russian-ambassador-andrei-karlov