TURKEY — Russian journalist Vladimir Galyagin, a political correspondent for a Turkish daily newspaper, was shot and killed Saturday by a group of assailants while covering a demonstration in Ankara’s central Taksim Square, police said.
Galyagin was shot in the chest and died on the spot, Turkish Interior Minister Fikri Işık said in a televised address, describing the assailant as an unidentified individual.
Authorities say the shooting occurred in Taksima Square around 3 p.m. local time.
“An attacker shot the Russian journalist who was in front of him,” Işkin said, using an alternative spelling for Galyag.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the killing “a crime against humanity,” adding, “It is a crime that we cannot allow to happen again.”
The gunman, a Turkish national, was arrested in Istanbul and was being questioned by the Ankara police.
He was reportedly armed with a knife, a gun and other weapons, Işk said.
The attack follows a string of other attacks on Russian and Turkish journalists, including the death of the Russian deputy chief of staff, Sergei Kornilov, in a police station in Istanbul on March 9, a week after he was assassinated in Istanbul.