Yesterday felt somewhat like an episode of The Following. People being attacked and killed in several countries. The attackers were not hardened or trained terrorists. They were not known as radical or even associated with a terror group.
The worst attack being that of German Christmas Market. Another on a Mosque in Switzerland. But the most shocking was the attack that killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey.
The Telegraph reports
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead on Monday by an assassin who told him: “We die in Aleppo, you die here.”
The gunman – an off-duty policeman – opened fire at an art gallery in Ankara as Andrei Karlov was making a speech, then stood triumphantly over his body shouting “revenge for Syria and Aleppo”.
Photographs taken by an Associated Press photographer who kept his finger on the shutter while others dived for cover captured the aftermath of a murder which Russia described as a “terrorist act.”
The reason that I say that this is the most shocking is that of the perpetrator of this terror attack. It is none other than a police officer. A man that was trained to stop the very kind of acts he performed. He claimed that his actions were in retaliation for Allepo. Most like it is a response to Russia’s assistance in defeating the Al Qaeda backed rebels there.
The gunman was killing after a fifteen-minute shootout.
There also seemed another attack was planned on the U.S. Embassy.
The Telegraph continued
Turkish police detained a man who fired shots into the air outside the US embassy in Ankara, state-run Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday, hours after the Russian ambassador was shot.
Anadolu said the man fired 8-9 shots into the air from a pump-action shot gun hidden in his coat before being detained.
I believe the intended message is that no one is safe from the terrorists.