December 2016: Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.
1. French President Hollande Won't Seek Reelection 2. Sexual Abuse Scandal Strikes English Soccer 3. Italian Prime Minister Renzi Resigns 4. South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park 5. Kurdish Militants Kill Dozens in Istanbul 6. ISIS Recaptures Palmyra 7. Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo 8. Boeing Lands First Post-Sanctions Deal with Iran 9. Canadian Actor Alan Thicke Dies 10. Aleppo Back in Government Hands 11. Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey 12. ISIS Strikes Christmas Market in Berlin 13. IMF Head Christine Lagarde Found Guilty 14. Explosions Level Mexican Fireworks Market 15. Singer George Michael Dies 16. New Syrian Cease-Fire
- Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey
- As Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, is giving a speech on December 19, 2016, in an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, he is fatally shot in the back by an off-duty policeman. The gunman shouted, "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" as he assassinated Karlov. Three others are injured in the attack and the gunman is killed by special forces. Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan says the attack is "an attempt to undermine NATO-member Turkey's relations with Russia." Russian president Putin orders higher security for all Russian missions and announces that "the bandits" will feel retribution.
- Photo source: Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP