India strongly condemns murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

Andrei Karlov was shot dead by a Turkish gunman at an art exhibition in Ankara last evening.

PTI| Updated: Dec 20, 2016, 13:25 PM IST

New Delhi: India on Tuesday condemned the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, saying it was shocked by the dastardly act and that there can never be any justification for terrorism.

"India strongly condemns the tragic assassination of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey. We are deeply saddened and shocked by this dastardly act," the External Affairs Ministry said.

Karlov was shot dead by a Turkish gunman at an art exhibition in Ankara last evening.

"We offer our condolences to the family of Ambassador Andrey Karlov and share their pain and grief. There can never be any justification for violence and terrorism," the MEA said in a statement.

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