Gunshots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkey

Lester Mason
August 20, 2018

- Shots were fired from a moving auto at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn on Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Police were dispatched after the shooting about 5am and were searching for the auto.

The attack coincided with a deepening row between Ankara and Washington over the trial of a USA pastor in Turkey. "We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details", David Gainer, the embassy spokesperson, said.

On Sunday, The US Embassy in Ankara tweeted that it, along with the US Consulate General in Istanbul and the US Consulate in Adana are closed from Monday until Friday in observance with the Sacrifice Holiday in Turkey.

Video footage from broadcaster Haberturk showed police teams inspecting one of the entrances to the embassy and apparent damage caused by a gunshot could be seen in one window.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted that it was "an attempt to create chaos". "Turkey is a safe country and all foreign missions are under the guarantee of the laws".

Relations between Ankara and Washington have been strained for months over Turkey's detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

The move comes after US President Donald Trump announced a week earlier that the United States was doubling steel and aluminium tariffs on Turkey. The US also raised tariffs on Turkish metal exports, which prompted calls by Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan to boycott US goods. "The attack aimed at our economy has no difference from an attack aimed at our call to prayer or flag", he said. The lira has lost 38 percent of its value against the US dollar since the beginning of the year.

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