U.S.-based cleric re­jects links to Russian en­voy’s killing

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MOSCOW | A U.S.-based Mus­lim cleric on Thurs­day con­demned the killing of Rus­sia’s en­voy to Tur­key and re­jected ac­cu­sa­tions that his move­ment was be­hind the at­tack.

Am­bas­sador An­drei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty po­lice­man in front of stunned on­look­ers at a photo ex­hi­bi­tion Mon­day in the Turk­ish capital, Ankara. Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has im­pli­cated Fethul­lah Gulen in the killing, ac­cus­ing his move­ment of links to the gun­man.

In a video ad­dress made avail­able to The As­so­ci­ated Press, Mr. Gulen ac­cused Mr. Er­do­gan of de­fam­ing his move­ment and sug­gested that the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment would fa­cil­i­tate other as­sas­si­na­tions and blame them on Mr. Gulen’s own fol­low­ers.

Mr. Gulen said “it is not pos­si­ble for them to con­vince the world of such ac­cu­sa­tions.”

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