Police Officer, Other Arrested Over Assassination Of Russian Envoy Karlov


Turkish authorities arrested two people on Wednesday over the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara, widening an investigation into the incident.

A police officer and another suspect were arrested on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” in connection with an investigation into the killing of Andrey Karlov.

Karlov was killed on December 19, 2016 following an attack by Mert Altıntaş, a suspected Gülenist, during the opening reception of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital. Altıntaş was later killed in a shootout with police.

The incident rocked Turkey as it was trying to restore ties with Russia following a crisis over downing of a Russian jet for violating Turkish airspace. Moscow and Ankara later assured it would not harm the relations.

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