December 19, 2016 / 4:59 PM / 8 months ago

Russia confirms its ambassador to Turkey shot and hospitalised - agencies

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends a news briefing in Moscow, Russia, October 6, 2015.Maxim Shemetov/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed to Russian news agencies on Monday that the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, had been gunned down in an attack and hospitalised.

Zakharova said Moscow was in touch with Turkish authorities about the attack.

"Today, during a public event, an unknown person opened fire chaotically," Zakharova was cited as saying. "As a result, Andrey Karlov, the ambassador to Turkey, received a gunshot wound."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency that President Vladimir Putin had been told about the attack and would be studying a report from the intelligence services and foreign ministry on the incident.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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