Russian ambassador's assassin was a former security guard of Erdogan

The Hurriyet daily reported that the guard has been on duty to protect Erdogan on several occasions, including the failed army coup in July.

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Mevlut Mert Altintas, who killed Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov in an art exhibition on Monday, had provided security cover for Turkish  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan eight times, said latest media reports.



The Hurriyet daily reported that the guard has been on duty to protect Erdogan on several occasions, including the failed army coup in July. 


Mevlut was a a member of the second circle of guards, who were in-charge of  Erdogan’s security, added the newspaper.



Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has informed the US about the role of Fethullah Gulen, behind the shocking killing of the envoy. Turkey had earlier pinpointed Gulen, now living in US, as main conspirator behind the coup bid on Erdogan.

Turkish officials said, they suspect a possible links of Altintas to Gulen, as he had attended a religious run by Gulen. 
Hurriyet added, that Altintas skipped duty on the day of coup saying he was sick.

However, they couldn’t find out what had done during night that day. Officials added,  13 people have been arrested so far and a team of Russian investigators reached the Turkish capital as part of a joint investigation on the assassination, the first of its kind in recent years, given the turbulent relations between Russia and Turkey.