Drive-by shooting at United States embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

Randal Sanchez
August 20, 2018

Shots were fired at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey early Monday, striking a security booth outside the compound in the capital of Ankara, Turkish media reported.

Gunshots were fired early on Monday at the United States embassy in Ankara but caused no casualties, Turkish and American officials said, amid escalating tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) allies.

The US mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara came under brief gunfire early on Monday but nobody was hurt in the incident, which coincides with increased tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey.

The US embassy spokesman David Gainer confirmed to Agence France-Presse that a "security incident" had taken place.

Private broadcaster CNNTürk reported that the drive-by shooting occurred around 5 a.m. and the assailants fled in a white vehicle after four or five gunshots heard.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a boycott on USA -made electronic products, with some citizens heeding his call and filming themselves breaking their iPhones.

A police officer told Reuters at the scene the drive-by shooting occurred around 5 A.M. local time and that nobody was hurt.

"We thank the Turkish National Police for their rapid response".

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the incident was being investigated.

The president said those who believed they would bring Turkey to its knees through the foreign currency exchange rate would "soon see they are mistaken".

The US had doubled tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent and aluminium to 20 percent, which sent the lira tumbling to a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday and rattling global stock markets.

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