Ankara assassin claimed to be jihadist, but some Turkish officials aren't sure

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The assassination of a Russian diplomat Monday in Ankara was chillingly captured on digital camera, however Turkish officers say the actual motive of the killer, who shouted "Allahu Akbar" and claimed to be avenging assaults on Aleppo, stays unclear.

Authorities say it is unlikely the assailant acted alone, nevertheless, it is unclear who could also be behind the assault. Hypothesis has ranged from a shadowy, exiled opposition chief to Islamic extremists.

Even the CIA has been floated as risk.

Authorities shortly named Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, because the obvious Islamist gunman who murdered Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, throughout an artwork present. Altintas yelled “Allahu akbar” and particularly talked about the besieged Syrian metropolis of Aleppo after capturing Karlov within the again, however no terror group has but taken credit score for the assault.

A senior Turkish authorities official described the killing as "absolutely skilled, not a one-man motion" and stated the assault was well-planned, although he didn't say who might have coordinated with Altintas.

That vacuum of data has left room for pro-government forces to take a position Altintas was linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric dwelling in exile in Pennsylvania. Gulen, via an adviser, denied these allegations and advised Reuters he “categorically” condemned the “heinous act.”

Turkey’s pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak ran a narrative claiming Karlov’s killing was a plot by a U.S. intelligence company that was carried out by Gulen’s motion.

“Nice Sabotage,” Yeni Safak stated in its headline.

Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to as Karlov’s killing “a terrorist assault” and stated Russian investigators had been despatched to Turkey to help within the investigation.

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“We have now to know who organized the killing, who gave orders to the murderer," Putin stated.

To date, any proof linking Altintas and Gulen seems circumstantial.

Turkey’s authorities believes Gulen has created a parallel community of devoted followers within the nation’s army and police forces, one thing which Gulen denies, however that seemed to be uncovered throughout a failed coup on July 15. The temporary rebellion has led to mass purges of army and civil businesses all through the nation and the imprisonment of tens of hundreds of suspected members of the “Gulenist Terrorist Group,” or FETO.

Altintas was a member of the riot police for two ½ years and, officers advised Reuters, took a vacation from July 15-17. The federal government might assert this confirmed Altintas knew concerning the coup try beforehand.

“The individuals he lived with earlier than faculty have been detained over FETO. It was decided that the individuals with whom he graduated from faculty have been from a FETO staff,” a senior safety official advised Reuters concerning the attacker.

“Info was obtained to the impact that individuals who helped him get into faculty have been from FETO. There are very robust indicators that the one that carried out this assault was from FETO. The investigation is at present targeted completely on this.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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