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