The family of the Turkish assailant, who gunned down Russian Ambassador to Turkey and shouted “Allahu Akbar”, refused to claim his remains, according to judicial sources reported by state-controlled press agency Anadolu.
Anadolu Agency reports:
“The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Forensic Medicine Institute in Ankara completed an autopsy on the policeman’s body on Dec. 21. Since then no one has claimed the remains.
According to the institute, somebody must claim the assailant’s cadaver within 15 days.
Police findings show Altintas was linked to the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the terrorist group behind Turkey’s failed July 15 coup attempt.”
However, TASS Russian-controlled news agency opposed this claim and reported that the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham organization (formerly the al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda branch in Syria) has taken the responsibility for the death of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov.
Since JFS is no longer affiliated with the international jihadist group, Al-Qaeda, “most Western analysts dismiss JFS’s break with al-Qaida as a feint, seeing it as a long game the jihadist group has been playing for some time across the Middle East and Africa,” Voice of America (VOA) reported.
Following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador, the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi websites reported that the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham supporters have been distributing a list of Russian embassies, encouraging members for more violence against them.
Further, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continuously blamed Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish-Muslim cleric based in the United States, for encouraging the attacks against the government including the failed military coup in July 2016. Turkey has classified the Gulen movement known as FETO as a terrorist group.
Al-Qaeda and Islamic State celebrated killing of ambassador
Meanwhile, Sunni rival’s al-Qaeda and Islamic State took the opportunity to celebrate and capitalize by posting their messages on social media over the shooting of the foreign diplomat; however, no one claimed the responsibility for the attack.
In a video footage of the assassination translated by Shaheryar Mirza, the attacker also shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria! You will not taste the safety unless our fields are safe! Only death can get me out of here. Whoever has a share in this tyranny will pay for it one by one!”
Both Presidents Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin said that they would not allow any act of terrorism to harm the relationship between their countries, which was recently restored after a turbulent year.