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Syria Condemns Terror Attack that Killed Russian Ambassador in Ankara

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Syria has condemned the terrorist attack which claimed the life of Russia's Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov.

An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told SANA that "the Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attack which claimed the life of the Turkish Ambassador in Ankara Andrey Karlov and expresses its deep condolences to the friendly Russian leadership, government, people and to the family of murdered diplomat."

 "This ugly crime, once again, stresses the urgent need to dedicate all efforts and potentials to fighting and eliminating terrorism," the source stressed.

Earlier today, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in a terror assault in the capital Ankara.

The Russian ministry said in a statement "we qualify what happened as a terror attack. We are currently in contact with Turkish authorities who are assuring us that a thorough, comprehensive investigation will be conducted," Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, according to Sputnik.

 The attack took place at the opening of the "Russia through Turks' eyes" photo exhibition. Local TV reports that the killer had a Turkish police ID. He showed when entering the exhibition.

The Ambassador was not taken to the hospital immediately after the attack. It was reported that he received medical help on the site first and was rushed to the hospital after that.

"Today is a tragic day in the history of Russian Federation," Zakharova said in a statement. "Today in Ankara, during a public event, Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot and, shortly after that, he died."

Here is the link of the video showing the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey:

Hamda Mustafa