U.S. Embassies, Consulates Closed Throughout Turkey After Ankara Shooting

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Man Fired at Least Eight Shots into the Air Outside U.S. Embassy

ANKARA, Turkey (A.W.)—Turkish authorities detained a man who fired shots in from of the United States Embassy in Ankara on the morning of Dec. 20, several hours after Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov suffered a fatal gunshot wound in an attack.

The U.S. embassy said its missions in Ankara, Istanbul,and the southern city of Adana would be ‘closed for normal operations.’ (Photo: AFP)

According to local reports, the man fired a pump-action shotgun and fired approximately eight shots into the air outside the embassy at around 4:30 a.m. The U.S. embassy security guards quickly intervened and detained the man, who has been identified only as “Sahin S.” in the Turkish state press.

As he was taken away by authorities, the man reportedly shouted “Don’t play with us,” according to RT.

Due to the incident, The U.S Embassy in Ankara, the U.S Consulate General in Istanbul, and the U.S. Consulate in Adana were closed for normal operations on Dec. 20.

“The U.S. Mission reminds U.S. citizens to review personal security plans, ensure communication connectivity, to remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and to monitor local news for breaking events. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” read a part of the U.S. Embassy’s statement.

The U.S Embassy was also placed on lockdown after Karlov’s assassination.

Source: Armenian Weekly
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