Photo exhibition coordinator detained in connection to Russian ambassador’s murder

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The coordinator of a photo exhibition at an art gallery in Ankara where Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was killed in December has been detained as part of an investigation into the murder, the Hürriyet daily reported on Wednesday.

A police officer from the Ankara Police Department was also detained in the same investigation, Hürriyet reported.

Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old police officer, shot Karlov to death while the ambassador was giving a speech at the art gallery on Dec. 19.

The coordinator of the photo exhibition, identified as T.Ö., told Turkish media outlets in a statement following the attack that Altıntaş was seen in the art gallery at another photo exhibit three days before the murder.

The coordinator, who was in the hall at the time of the attack, said everyone thought the attacker was the ambassador’s bodyguard when he stood at his back.

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