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Turkey renames street after assassinated Russian ambassador

AP
Published : Jan 10, 2017, 5:25 pm IST
Updated : Jan 10, 2017, 5:25 pm IST

Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot dead December 19 while speaking at the opening of a photo exhibition.

A man identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey. (Photo: AP)
 A man identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey. (Photo: AP)

Ankara: Turkey has renamed the street that serves the Russian Embassy after the ambassador who was killed in an attack in the Turkish capital.

Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek on Tuesday presented a framed copy of his municipality's decision to rename the street to the widow of Andrei Karlov. Municipality workers then replaced the street sign with one inscribed with Karlov's name.

Karlov was shot dead December 19 while speaking at the opening of a photo exhibition. The killer, an off-duty policeman, was also shot dead in a police operation.

Turkish and Russian leaders have said the attack was aimed at derailing newly restored ties between their two countries.

Turkey says the policeman had links to a movement led by a US-based Muslim cleric who opposes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Tags: andrei karlov, assassination, melih gokcek, tribute
Location: Turkey, Ankara, Ankara