Turkey slams 'provocation' after gunshots fired at U.S. embassy

Turkey slams 'provocation' after gunshots fired at U.S. embassy

Several gunshots from a vehicle by unidentified assailants were fired at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara this morning in an attack that the Turkish government condemned as "a clear provocation."

"We condemn the attack on the US embassy. This is clearly an attempt to create chaos. Turkey is a safe country and all foreign missions are under the protection of law," presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said in a tweet.

"Armed attack against the US embassy is a clear provocation. Embassies are under the protection of our state," the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Ömer Çelik said, Hurriyet Daily reported.

The incident comes as ties between Ankara and Washington are in an unprecedented crisis over the continued detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson.

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