Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Shots fired at USA embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

Shots fired at USA embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

USA embassy spokesman David Gainer would only confirm that a "security incident" took place. The spokesperson added, "We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details".

A day earlier, Turkey said it was increasing tariffs on imports of certain USA products in response to American sanctions on Ankara that caused the value of the lira to plunge.

Video of the event appears to show the window's bullet hole and police presence around the embassy.

Shots were reportedly fired from a passing vehicle at the United States embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

A bullet mark was clearly visible on a security booth at the embassy, an AFP journalist at the scene reported. "This is a clear attempt to create chaos", spokesman Ibarahim Kalin said.

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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.

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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a boycott on USA -made electronic products, with some citizens heeding his call and filming themselves breaking their iPhones.

In response to the sanctions, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has confirmed that his country will boycott US electronic goods, including Apple's flagship iPhone device - which was helpful in saving his regime in 2016.

He appeared to have the support of many Turks who took his words to heart and dramatically smashed their iPhones and posted the footage online.

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