Turkish Prosecutors Identify 5 Suspects Linked to Murder of Russian Ambassador

© Sputnik / Eray Erkylych / Go to the photo bankAnkara Mayor Melih Gokcek presents a certificate of renaming an Ankara street into Andrei Karlov Street to Karlov's widow.
Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek presents a certificate of renaming an Ankara street into Andrei Karlov Street to Karlov's widow. - Sputnik International
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The Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office said Monday that it had identified five suspects connected to the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov carried out by off-duty Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas in December 2016.

Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the local Yeni Safak media outlet, in late November 2016, Altintas went to a 5-star hotel in Cankaya district of Turkey's capital of Ankara and sent a phone message to his roommate Sercan B., which read "A brother dear to me is coming, I will meet with him."

After the investigators requested the names of the individuals who were staying at the hotel room, five suspects were identified, with one of them currently in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus.

The investigators reportedly believe that one of these suspects might be the person who ordered the assassination of the Russian ambassador.

Andrei Karlov was shot and killed at an art gallery exhibition opening in Ankara on December 19. Three more people were injured in the shooting. The gunman was killed at the scene by the police. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered the attack a terrorist act.

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