Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Shots fired at US embassy in Turkey amid deepening row

Shots fired at US embassy in Turkey amid deepening row

Six shots were fired at the United States embassy, the Ankara governor's office said, adding that three bullets hit the iron gate and window wall.

The private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white auto and targeted the security booth outside Gate 6.

Authorities later detained one person in relation to the shooting, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, without giving any details.

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.

Turkish media reports 4 to 5 shots came from a moving auto as it passed the building.

The US had doubled tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent and aluminium to 20 percent, which sent the lira tumbling to a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday and rattling global stock markets.

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

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Video footage from broadcaster Haberturk showed police inspecting one of the entrances to the building and what looked like damage inflicted on a window by a gunshot could be seen.

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

"We thank the Turkish National Police for their rapid response", he added. It said empty cartridges were found at the scene.

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the incident was being investigated.

Earlier, Turkey's presidential aide had condemned the attack on U.S. Embassy and said all foreign missions in the country remain safe.

Also, President Donald Trump has doubled the tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Turkey, prompting Ankara to sharply hike tariffs on several U.S. products.

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