Turkish authorities on Monday responded to a drive-by shooting at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara amid increased tensions between the two countries over the detained American pastor, Reuters reported.
Fox News reports that there were no injuries, but a window in a security cabin was reportedly hit. The shooting occurred at about 5 a.m. local time.
“We can confirm a security incident took place at the U.S. Embassy early this morning. We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details”~ Embassy spokesman David Gainer
The report said the embassy was set to be closed this week for Eid al-Adha celebrations.
Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car and targeted security booth outside Gate 6.
President Trump has ramped up the pressure on the NATO ally as he tries to win the release of Andrew Brunson, a pastor from North Carolina who’s on trial for espionage and terrorism-related charges. RWT News
“The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!” ~ President Trump
Turkey has long criticized the United States for not agreeing to hand over Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused by Turkish authorities of engineering an attempted coup in 2016. Gulen denies those allegations, and Washington has urged Turkey to present convincing evidence for any extradition proceeding to go forward.
The United States recently imposed economic penalties on Turkey, including tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum, that contributed to a slide in the value of the Turkish lira. Turkey’s economy is already vulnerable because of heavy foreign currency borrowing that fueled high growth for years.
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