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Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkey amid diplomatic crisis

Shots were fired at a security booth outside the US Embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara Shots were fired at a security booth outside the US Embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara
Jodi Jackson | 20 August, 2018, 20:57

Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white vehicle and targeted security booth outside Gate 6 early Monday.

The damage to a security booth by a shot fired, is seen outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

The attack coincided with a deepening row between Ankara and Washington over the trial of a United States pastor in Turkey.

There were no casualties and no claim of responsibility for the fleeting attack, in which three of the six bullets that were fired hit the embassy gate and a reinforced window.

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

'We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details.

The statement said the investigation was ongoing and the suspect or suspects have not yet been identified.

İbrahim Kalın, a presidential spokesman, also condemned the attack and reassured that "Turkey is a safe country and all foreign missions are under the protection of law".

USA administration had imposed sanctions and vows to do more against Turkey in the case the pastor would not be released immediately.

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

"The utmost sensitivity will be shown to ensure their security", said the official, Omer Celik.

The embassy closed this week for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The diplomatic stand-off has sent the Turkish currency into free fall against dollar, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to emerge victorious out of the crisis.

Turkey has been struggling to halt the decline in the lira amid a diplomatic spat with the U.S. that has seen tariffs' levied by both sides.

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