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Order to kill Russian ambassador in Ankara ‘came from the north’

Russian ambassador to Ankara Andrei Karlov minutes before he was shot dead

The green light for the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara Andrei Karlov in December last year was given in the north, reports said on Tuesday.

According to Turkish newspaper, Sabah online, citing the Ankara Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor, which was investigating the murder, the off-duty officer Mevlut Mert Altintas took the “green light” for the assassination from the ‘Five Feto big brothers’ when they met in a hotel in the north.

‘Feto’ is the name by which those loyal to Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen are referred in Turkey. The US-based Gulen was blamed by rival President Tayyip Erdogan for the failed coup against him a year ago next month.

Six months later, in December 2016, Karlov was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery by Altintas who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire. He was shot dead by members of Turkey’s special forces after killing the ambassador.

Sabah said that a list including the names of the ‘Five Feto big brothers’ was prepared in Ankara, and that one of them is a university academic who lives in the north.

According to the paper, before going to the hotel to take the order for the assassination, Altintas had a phone conversation with them through the ‘Facetime app.

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