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Chechnya's Kadyrov calls assassination of ambassador in Turkey 'heinous crime'

December 20, 2016, 2:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Kadyrov indicated that the tragic incident showed "the whole world must struggle with terrorism"

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MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. The assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was an act of foul thuggery and the people standing behind it must be brought to account, the President of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on Monday night in Instagram.

"Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Andrei Karpov has been killed," he wrote. "The heinous crime was committed at a time when the diplomat was attending the ceremony of opening the photo exhibition ‘Russia as Seen by the Turks’."

Kadyrov indicated that the tragic incident showed "the whole world must struggle with terrorism."

"I express sincere condolences to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and to the family and close friends of Andrei Karlov," he wrote.

An armed man whom the police identified later as a 22-year-old former police officer opened indiscriminate fire on Monday in an arts gallery in Ankara where Ambassador Karlov was opening a photo exhibition. According to Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesperson, Karlov received a gunshot wound, of which he died at hospital later.

Turkish officials said the attacker was eliminated. Apart from the ambassador, he wounded three more people but none of them were Russian citizens.

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