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Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was fatally shot Monday at an art exhibition by a gunman shouting “God is great!” who continued ranting as the diplomat lay dying on the floor and onlookers ducked for cover.

Andrey Karlov was delivering a speech at a museum in the capital city of Ankara when a man dressed in a suit and tie suddenly appeared and opened fire.

“God is great,” he yelled in Arabic. “Those who pledge allegiance to Muhammad for jihad. God is great!”

The gunman, who fired eight shots, also smashed several of the photos at the exhibition, according to an AP photographer who was in the audience.

Switching to Turkish, the gunman then yelled, “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria! Step back! Step back! Only death can take me from here!”

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Image: An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey
An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, on Dec. 19, 2016. Burhan Ozbilici / AP

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