2017 Photo Contest, Spot News, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Burhan Ozbilici

19 December, 2016

Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş holds up a gun after shooting Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, at an art gallery in Ankara.

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov was assassinated by an off-duty Turkish police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, while he was speaking at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, on 19 December. Altintas shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and later said in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.” He was killed in a shootout after Turkish Special Forces arrived at the gallery. Russia and Turkey supported opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, with Russia backing forces loyal to the Syrian government and Turkey supporting certain rebel groups. In the months prior to the attack, relations between the two countries had developed into a strategic partnership, with each curbing their support in their own strategic interest.

About

Burhan Ozbilici

The son of a Turkish intellectual and a hero of Turkey’s War of Independence, Burhan had a classical high school education in different Turkish cities. He studied French at an in...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/256
Focal length
58.0 mm
F-Stop
5.0
ISO
1600
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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