Mevlut Mert Altintas has been identified as the assassin who shot and killed Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art exhibit opening on Monday evening. The event was held at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Ankara’s central Çankaya district.
The assassination was aired on live television, as Altintas surprised everyone when he pulled out a gun and shot Ambassador Karlov multiple times at point-blank distance. The killer was heard yelling things about Aleppo, including, “We die in Aleppo, you die here,” before he was eventually neutralized by Ankara Police special forces.
Who Is Mert Altintas?
Mert was a member of the Ankara Police, a special operations unit that dealt with riots. He was born in 1994 in Aydin, Soke. He’s been active in the police since 2014.