December 2016: Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

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Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.

Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey
Image of casket, flowers and a picture of Karlov
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
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