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Summary

  1. Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, has been killed in a gun attack in Ankara
  2. He was shot while visiting a photo exhibition
  3. The gunman was heard shouting 'Don't forget about Aleppo!'
  4. He has been identified as a police officer
  5. It is unclear if he acted alone or had links to any group

Live Reporting

By Yaroslav Lukov and Alastair Lawson

All times stated are UK

  1. Aleppo connection to shooting

    The gunman - whose identity is not known - was heard shouting: "Don't forget about Aleppo, don't forget about Syria!"

    Russia - a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - has been accused of killing civilians during air strikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is now controlled by Syrian government troops.

    Protest rallies have been held near Russian embassies in a number of countries around the world.

    Russia has repeatedly denied the allegation, saying it is targeting radical Islamists.

  2. Pictures from the scene

    A child is held after the the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead at a photo gallery in Ankara
    Image caption: Children were evacuated from the area in the aftermath of the killing
    Turkish troops at the scene of the attack
    Image caption: Turkish security forces speedily secured the area near the gallery
    Pepole react after the the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot at a photo gallery in Ankara
    Image caption: People desperately sought cover inb the immediate aftermath of the shooting
  3. 'Terrorism will not pass!' - Russian statement

    More from the Russian foreign ministry.

    Its spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says: "Terrorism will not pass! We will fight it resolutely. Memory of this outstanding Russian diplomat, a man who did so much to counter terrorism in his diplomatic line of work, Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, will remain in our hearts forever."

  4. Turkish special forces surround building

    Hurriyet newspaper says Turkish special forces have surrounded the building. 

    Meanwhile, a witness has told Reuters that while gunfire resounded for some time after the attack, it has now stopped. 

  5. Attack intended 'to ruin Turkey-Russia relations'

    The mayor of Ankara, Melih Gokcek, says the attack is directed at ruining Turkey-Russia relations. 

  6. BreakingAmbassador killed - Russian officials

    Ambassador Karlov has been killed in the shooting, Russian officials say

  7. A chequered relationship

    Turkey and Russia have had a a chequered relationship in recent months. Relations have been improving since Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Syria's border in November 2015.  

    The two countries agreed a gas deal in August in which Presidents Erdogan and Putin agreed to patch up their damaging quarrel, pledging to restore close economic relations. But even at the time  it was described by the BBC's Sarah Rainsofrd as "an alliance of misfits".

    In October the two countries agreed closer military relations.

  8. Smartly dressed gunman

    Footage from inside the building showed a smartly dressed gunman, wearing a suit and tie, waving a pistol and shouting.

    He can be heard yelling "Don't forget about Aleppo, don't forget about Syria" and uses the Islamic phrase "Allahu Akbar" (God is great").

    Reports suggest the gunman was later killed by police.  

    Gunman at photo exhibition in Ankara
  9. Shot at speaking engagement

    Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot as he was speaking at the exhibition called "Russia as seen by Turks".

    Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov
  10. Location of attack

    Welcome to our live coverage of the shooting of Russia's ambassador in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

    The attack happened at a major art exhibition hall in the Cankaya district where most foreign embassies are based, including Russia's mission,  AFP reports.