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Photos: An assassination before their eyes

In a violent scene that played out in front of reporters Monday, gunfire erupted at a photo exhibition, where Russia’s ambassador was one of the speakers, killing the diplomat and wounding others. One gunman was killed, Russian officials said.

News photographers at the event captured the assassination as it unfolded:

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At left, the alleged gunman that assassinated Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov stood behind the diplomat during the opening minutes of his speech.
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At left, the gunman believed to have assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov stood behind the diplomat during the opening minutes of his speech.

Following the shooting the gunman was said to have shouted in Turkish ‘‘Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!’’
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Following the shooting, the gunman was said to have shouted in Turkish ‘‘Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!’’

Following the assassination, the gunman was said to have yelled: “Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.”
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Following the assassination, the gunman reportedly yelled: “Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.”

A nearby child was held following the shooting.
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A child nearby was held after the shooting.

CNN Turk television reported that shooting continued after the attack targeting the ambassador.
Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press
CNN Turk television reported that the shooting continued after the attack targeting the ambassador.

Onlookers at the gallery reacted after the assassination.
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Frightened onlookers huddled together in the gallery after the shooting.

Turkish police secured the area after the assassination.
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Turkish police secured the area after the assassination.