Shots fired at US embassy in Turkey amid deepening row

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

Shots were reportedly fired from a passing vehicle at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Turkish authorities on Monday responded to a drive-by shooting at the US embassy in Ankara amid increased tensions between the two countries over the detained American pastor, Reuters reported. Four or five gunshots were heard, it said, one hitting a window in a security cabin but causing no casualties.

US embassy spokesman David Gainer would only confirm that a "security incident" took place.

U.S. Embassy spokesman David Gainer thanked police for their "rapid response" and said no injuries had been reported.

Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over the case of an imprisoned American pastor, leading the U.S. to impose sanctions and increased tariffs that sent the Turkish lira tumbling last week.

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A day earlier, Turkey said it was increasing tariffs on imports of certain United States products in response to American sanctions on Ankara that caused the value of the lira to plunge.

The diplomatic stand-off sent the Turkish currency into free fall against dollar, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to emerge victorious out of the crisis.

On Sunday, The US Embassy in Ankara tweeted that it, along with the US Consulate General in Istanbul and the US Consulate in Adana are closed from Monday until Friday in observance with the Sacrifice Holiday in Turkey.

The president said those who believed they would bring Turkey to its knees through the foreign currency exchange rate would "soon see they are mistaken".

'We will boycott USA electronic goods, ' Erdogan said in a televised speech last week, raising the stakes in a spat that has seen the Turkish lira plunge to record lows.

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