Senator: ‘Allahu akbar’ killer likely not motivated by religion
Sen. Angus King said Tuesday that the apparent assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday appears to be primarily political, and not religious, in nature.
“It appears that the attack in Turkey on the Russian ambassador wasn’t a religious attack, but was a political one — revenge for what’s going on in Aleppo,” the Maine independent, who caucuses with the Democrats, said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Mr. King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said a separate deadly attack in Berlin does appear to be a jihadist one.
“It’s a complicated situation, and just to say it’s all Islamic terrorism, I think, is … not the correct answer, as I said, and … will only inflame tensions and could conceivably make [them] worse,” he said.
Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot to death while giving a speech at a photo exhibition in Ankara. The assassin shouted about the Syrian city of Aleppo and yelled “Allahu akbar.”
In a separate incident that German officials are investigating as an act of terror, a truck plowed into a crowded market in Berlin, killing about a dozen people and wounding many others.