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Japanese government says murder of Russian ambassador 'terrorist attack'

December 20, 2016, 6:45 UTC+3 TOKYO

"Such terrorist attacks are categorically impermissible," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said

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Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

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TOKYO, December 20. /TASS/. Japan considers the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov a terrorist attack, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference in Tokyo.

"We resolutely condemn this. Such terrorist attacks are categorically impermissible," he said.

A gunman fired shots at the Russian diplomat at the opening of the photo exhibition "Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka in the eyes of a traveler" in Ankara on Monday. Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Karlov died from the injuries. She said Moscow considers this as a terrorist attack.

Turkish authorities said the attacker was immediately liquidated by local security forces. Three other people were injured on the scene. A source in the Russian Embassy in Ankara told TASS that there were no Russians among those injured.

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