US missions closed across Turkey after firearm incident in Ankara

ANKARA (KDN) – United States Embassy in Ankara and its consulates in Istanbul and Adana will be closed for normal operations on Dec. 20 after an individual approached the embassy in Ankara and discharged a firearm, the embassy has stated, as the Iranian diplomatic missions in Turkey were also suspended on Dec. 20.

The embassy said the individual, who opened fire at 3:50 am, was in police custody and there were no reported injuries in the incident, which occurred hours after Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot dead at an arts center nearby by an off-duty Turkish policeman.

“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,” said the U.S. Embassy in a written statement.