US Embassy Closed As Shots Fired Hours After Russian Envoy Killed In Ankara

The man who reportedly fired shots outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is taken into custody Monday night. (@DailySabah) The man who reportedly fired shots outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is taken into custody Monday night. (@DailySabah)

Hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Ankara, a gunman fired his weapon outside the nearby U.S. embassy.

According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, which posted video of the incident, the unidentified man was arrested after firing shots into the air and shouting a warning at the U.S.

“I swear to God, do not play with us,” the man yelled in Turkish.

The U.S. embassy was placed on lockdown, but officials lifted the order after the arrest. There was no indication anyone was hurt.

“U.S. Embassy Ankara advises U.S. citizens that the immediate security incident … is over, but police activity continues,” the embassy wrote in a statement that went on to advise in boldface: “we recommend you avoid the area at least until Tuesday morning.”

Russian envoy Andrei Karlov, 62, had been shot dead by an off-duty Turkish policeman who yelled “Allahu akbar!” over the ambassador’s body earlier Monday in the same section of Ankara as the U.S. and Russian embassies.

(WT)

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