Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkey

George McgeeAug 21, 2018

The embassy had been closed at the time of the attack, and will be all week, for the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha. "We thank the Turkish national police for their rapid response", he said.

The governor's office said authorities are investigating the suspects' links.

Tensions between the US and Turkey are high, partly because of the case of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who is being prosecuted in Turkey for alleged espionage and terrorism-related offences that he denies. The dispute has resulted in the US applying sanctions to Turkey's steel and aluminum imports, and Turkey boycotting USA electronic goods.

A bullet hit a window, but there were no injuries.

Tensions between the USA and Turkey are high, partly because of the case of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who is being prosecuted in Turkey for alleged espionage and terrorism-related offenses that he denies.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Spokesperson Ömer Çelik said that "the incident is a clear provocation".

Ibarahim Kalin added: "Turkey is a safe country and all foreign missions are under the guarantee of the laws".

Shots were fired at a security booth outside the US Embassy in Turkey's capital, Ankara.

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 diplomatic rift has exacerbated Turkey's economic woes, putting additional pressure on the lira currency, which has lost almost 40 percent against the dollar since the start of the year.

The spat has hit trade ties between the U.S. and Turkey hard and affected the Turkish economy.

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

At least one suspect was wounded in a shooting outside the USA consulate in Istanbul in 2015.

Turkish police detained one suspect in connection with the attack, the state-run Anadolu news agency, without providing any details.

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