Gunmen open fire at US embassy in Turkey’s Ankara
Unknown gunmen have opened fire at the US Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara in a drive-by shooting that caused no casualties, police and the embassy spokesperson said Monday.
A police officer said several gunshots were fired about 5 am (0200 GMT) and that nobody was hurt where the embassy is closed this week due to the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday.
“We can confirm a security incident took place at the US Embassy early this morning. We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details,” David Gainer, the embassy spokesperson, said.
Police were searching for the attackers who went on the run after the shooting. According to CNN Turk, four or five gunshots were heard, one of them hit a window in a security cabin but caused no casualties.
The US Embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul have been the targets of assaults by militants and have faced numerous security threats in the past.
The attack comes amid tensions rising between Ankara and the US over the detention of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, in Turkey over terror-related charges.