Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey; no one hurt

The US embassy in Ankara has faced numerous security threats in the past

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul have in the past been the targets of attacks by militants and have faced numerous security threats.

Amid escalating tension between Washington and Ankara, the USA embassy in the Turkish capital came under attack as unknown persons fired several gunshots at it on Monday.

"We can confirm a security incident took place at the US Embassy early this morning".

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

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There were no casualties and no claim of responsibility for the fleeting attack, in which three of the six bullets that were fired hit the embassy gate and a reinforced window.

Omer Celik, a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), called the incident an "open provocation", but did not elaborate.

The shooting come as Ankara and Washington were locked in a bitter dispute over Turkey's detention of an American pastor on terror-related charges.

Also, President Donald Trump has doubled the tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Turkey, prompting Ankara to sharply hike tariffs on several U.S. products.

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The incident comes as tension between Turkey and the United States continues to boil over Turkey's detention of a United States pastor accused of participating in a failed coup. The US also raised tariffs on Turkish metal exports, which prompted calls by Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan to boycott US goods.

In a written statement ahead of the Muslim feast of Eidul Azha, Erdogan remained defiant.

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Another video showed a young boy pouring Coca-Cola down the toilet in protest at American sanctions.

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