Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

Marco Green
August 20, 2018

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

The Reuters news agency notes that, "The U.S. embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul have been the targets of attacks by militants and have faced numerous security threats in the past".

The incident comes as tension between Turkey and the United States continues to boil.

Gunshots were fired early Monday at the U.S. embassy in Ankara but caused no casualties, Turkish and American officials said, amid escalating tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The attack in the Turkish capital happened shortly after 7am local time. No casualties were reported.

The US officials and police confirmed that no one hurt in the attack.

The U.S. mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, but an embassy spokesperson issued a statement confirming that a "security incident" had occurred.

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Turkey and the USA also disagree over their military interventions in the Syria war, Ankara's plan to buy missile defense systems from Russian Federation and the U.S. conviction of a Turkish state bank executive on sanctions-busting charges in January.

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