Early Monday morning, shots were fired from a car toward the U.S. Embassy in Ankara in Turkey. There were four or five shots heard before the suspects left in a white car. Police searched the area immediately after the incident; it seemed the shots were targeted at a security booth and there was a damaged window, but no reported casualties. The embassy was set to be closed for Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha for this week. The police found empty cartridges on the ground in the area.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to the incident, with his spokesman stating on Twitter that it was “an open attempt to create chaos.” He said that Turkey was a “safe country” and that “all foreign missions are safe under the guarantee of the law.” U.S. officials complimented the Turkish officials for being “fast and professional” in this incident, since they have managed arrest two suspects, Ahmet Celikten and Osman Gundas, who reportedly admitted to committing the crime. They thanked the Turkish government for their “support and protection.” In a tweet, the Embassy said, “We thank the Turkish National Police and the government of Turkey for their fast and professional action in apprehending two individuals who allegedly attacked our mission this morning. We appreciate their support and protection.” Turkey’s officials said that they would maintain the security of their “guests.”
“Is it a provocation following recent events, or is it a common crime, or is it an attempt to provoke by dressing it up as a petty crime?” asked Turkey’s Interior Minister. Turkey’s officials said that they would maintain the security of their “guests.”
This incident comes after tensions rising between Turkey and US over Turkey’s arrest of US pastor Andrew Brunson and their refusal to release him. He was charged by the Turkish government with terrorism, despite him and the US claiming that he is innocent. Erdogan spoke with Trump about the hostage and he has refused to release him without the US agreeing to dropping high fines against the Turkish bank. Trump, in response, has sanctioned two Turkish officials and threatened additional tariffs on Turkey’s steel.