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Turkish photographer wins World Press Photo competition for assassin’s photo

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Associated Press photographer Burhan Özbilici has won the 2017 World Press Photo competition for his image of the assassin of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov.

In the photo, 22-year-old police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş is seen shouting after shooting Karlov at an art gallery in Ankara on Dec.19 of last year.

Özbilici’s winning photo was part of a series titled “An Assassination in Turkey,” which also won the Spot News – Stories category, which he captured in the moments before and after Altıntaş drew a handgun and shot Karlov at a photo exhibition.

After the incident, Özbilici said: “I decided to attend simply because it was on my way home from the office.”

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