Incident Summary:

12/19/2016: An assailant opened fire on Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey. Karlov and the assailant, identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, were killed and three people were injured in the assault. The Independent Military Wing of the Syrian Revolution Abroad claimed responsibility for the attack. Jaish al-Fatah (Syria) separately claimed responsibility for the incident, although sources doubted the veracity of this claim. The Turkish government claimed that Fethullah Gülen (in exile) and the "Fetullah Terrorist Organization" were behind the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Ambassador to Turkey: Andrei Karlov
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A Canik55 TP9 Compact 9-mm pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Sources also attributed the attack to the Grey Wolves and the Turkestan Islamic Party.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jaish al-Fatah (Syria) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
The Independent Military Wing of the Syrian Revolution Abroad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Russia's ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara," CNN, December 20, 2016.
"Media: Jaish al-Fatah claims responsibility for murder of Russian ambassador," Philippines News Agency, December 21, 2016.
"Singapore: Turkey claims Gulen link to envoy killing, Kremlin cautious," Channel NewsAsia Online, December 21, 2016.