Shots fired at gate of U.S. Embassy in Turkey

General view of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara Turkey

General view of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara Turkey

Turkish authorities on Monday responded to a drive-by shooting at the USA embassy in Ankara amid increased tensions between the two countries over the detained American pastor, Reuters reported. No casualties were reported.

A day earlier, Turkey said it was increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products in response to American sanctions on Ankara that caused the value of the lira to plunge. The shooting occurred at about 5 a.m. local time.

The report said the embassy was set to be closed this week for Eid al-Adha festival.

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.

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"We can confirm a security incident took place at the U.S. Embassy early this morning. We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details", said David Gainer, the embassy spokesperson.

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

Police teams were searching for the assailants, who fled in a white vehicle after the attack, CNN Turk said. It said one bullet hit a window but no one was hurt, and police were searching for the auto and suspects. It said empty cartridges were found at the scene.

Turkish media reports say shots were fired at a security booth outside the U.S. embassy in the capital, Ankara.

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