Assassin of Russian ambassador had guarded Turkey’s President Erdogan

Mevlut Mert Altintas. /AP

 

The assassin who gunned down Russia’s ambassador to Turkey had served on security details to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan several times prior to the Dec. 19 assassination of Andrei Karlov.

Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, served on police details backing up Erdogan’s personal body guards eight times since the July 15 failed military coup in Turkey, according to a Hurriyet report on Dec. 21.

Altintas shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “don’t forget Aleppo” after he shot Karlov. After about 15 minutes of confrontation, Turkish police killed Altintas with a fatal shot to the neck.

Erdogan has blamed the attack on opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Speaking at a press conference on Dec. 21, Erdogan said he had “no doubt” Altintas was a member of Gulen’s organization, which the president claims has penetrated deeply into the Turkish police force.

The Kremlin has distanced itself from such claims, saying that it was “too early” to name Altintas’ possible accomplices.

Full article: Assassin of Russian ambassador had guarded Turkey’s President Erdogan (World Tribune)

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