The Jaish al-Fatah armed coalition, spearheaded by the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front, has claimed responsibility for the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, TASS news agency reported Dec. 21 with reference to the Alsumaria TV network.
Karlov died after receiving fatal wound in an armed assault at an art gallery exhibition opening in Ankara late Dec. 19. Three other people were injured in the attack. The killer, Turkish off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, has been eliminated. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the incident an act of terrorism.