Turkey detains two men over shooting at USA embassy in Ankara

Daniel Fowler
August 20, 2018

Tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been rocked amid Turkey's detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is accused by the country of backing a coup attempt against Mr Erdogan in 2016. The embassy is closed this week for a public holiday to mark the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival.

The attack in the Turkish capital happened shortly after 7am local time.

United States embassy spokesman David Gainer confirmed to AFP that a "security incident" had taken place.

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

Police teams were searching for the assailants, who fled in a white auto after the attack, CNN Turk said.

American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Michael Rubin said on Monday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was ramping up anti-American sentiment in an effort to distract from political polarization in Turkey.

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Emery said: "Our start is an issue, but we are thinking of the next match and to work on things we need to improve". For sure we don't want a lot of goals in our goal, but if we win all the team and all the supporters are happy".

A police officer told Reuters at the scene the drive-by shooting occurred around 5 am (0200 GMT) and that nobody was hurt.

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

A security guard stands outside the entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

The president said those who believe they will bring Turkey to its knees through the foreign currency exchange rate 'will soon see they are mistaken'.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted that it was "an attempt to create chaos".

Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over the case of an imprisoned American pastor, leading the U.S.to impose sanctions, and increased tariffs that sent the Turkish lira tumbling last week.

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