A car passes by a security booth with a bullet hole in a window, on Monday at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy, in Ankara, Turkey. Six shots were fired early Monday at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara but caused no injuries or casualties, Turkish and American officials said. The incident comes as Ankara and Washington are locked in a bitter dispute over Turkey's detention of an American pastor on terror-related charges. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Early Monday morning, someone fired six shots from a car driving by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Three bullets hit the embassy's gate and a reinforced window, but nobody was injured. One suspect has been detained by Turkish authorities.
When did the attack occur?
The attack occurred at 5 a.m. local time.
According to a translation from The Independent, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that the attack was "a clear attempt to create chaos."
He added, "Turkey is a safe country and all foreign missions are under the guarantee of the laws."
Another Turkish official called it a “clear provocation.”
Turkey's interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, said that Turkish authorities were trying to determine whether or not the shooting was a “provocation following recent events” or simply a “common crime.”
One person has been detained in relation to this incident, according to the Turkish Anadolu news outlet.
David Gainer, the spokesman at the U.S. Embassy, thanked Turkish police for their “rapid response.”
The embassy had been closed at the time of the attack, and will be all week, for the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha.
The incident comes at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Turkey. President Donald Trump has demanded that Turkey release an American pastor being held in Turkish custody on charges of being involved in a failed coup in 2016.
The pastor, Andrew Brunson, and his supporters continue to deny these charges. When the Turkish government refused to release Brunson, Trump hit two high-ranking Turkish officials with sanctions. The U.S. has also doubled the rate of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey.
The Turkish government has responded with tariffs of its own, including raising the tariff on American car imports to 120 percent and the tariff on American alcoholic beverage imports to 140 percent. Erdogan has also called for a boycott of American products by companies like Apple.
Meanwhile, Turkish business groups have begged Erdogan to repair the country's relationship with the U.S., as the value of the Turkish unit of currency, the lira, plummeted.
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