On December 19, 2016, 22-year-old off-duty Turkish police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shot and killed Andrei Karlow, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey as TV cameras were rolling. Karlov had been delivering a speech in front of the press at an art gallery in the Turkish capital of Ankara when Altıntaş pulled out a pistol and shot him in the back.
Altıntaş — who had been able to sneak in and get so close to Karlov using his police credentials — killed Karlov over Russia’s invovlement in the Syrian Civil War, with Altıntaş shouting “Allahu Akbar. We are the descendants of those who supported the Prophet Muhammad, for jihad. Do not forget Aleppo, do not forget Syria” after the shots rang out.
Shortly after, Altıntaş himself was killed by Turkish security forces.