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Russian official shot dead in Moscow

It’s a bad day for Russian President Vladimir Putin, with an ambassador shot dead in Turkey and now the head of a foreign ministry department killed in Moscow. Picture: Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

THE head of a Russian foreign ministry department has been shot dead in Moscow, according to local media.

The government has not yet confirmed the reports.

A man’s body was found in an apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, REN TV reported.

Two shells were found along with a gun under the sink in the kitchen, a source told the news outlet. They claimed the wife of the man was also in the apartment.

Paramedics were filmed carrying a man wearing a white shirt into an ambulance.

The news comes on a dramatic day after nine were killed by a truck driving into a Berlin Christmas market and a Turkish off-duty police officer pulled out a gun at an art exhibition in Ankara and killed Russia’s ambassador to the country, shouting: “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!”

More to come

The U.S. State Department says its thoughts and prayers are with the family of Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, who was shot dead at the hands of a gunman while making remarks at an art event in Ankara.