U.S., Iran Close Turkish Missions After Firearm Incident, Russian Envoy Killing

Turkish police officers stand guard outside the Russian Embassy in Ankara on December 20, 2016, a day after the assassination of the Russian ambassador in the Turkish capital. A Turkish policeman crying 'Aleppo' and 'Allahu Akbar' shot dead Russia's ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on December 19, prompting a vow …

(REUTERS) – The United States embassy in Ankara and its consulates in Istanbul and Adana will be closed for normal operations on Tuesday after an individual approached the embassy and discharged a firearm, the embassy said.

It said the individual, who opened fire at 3:50 am (0050 GMT), was in police custody and there were no reported injuries in the incident which occurred hours after Russia’s ambassador was shot dead nearby by an off-duty policeman.

The Iranian embassy in Ankara announced that its consulates in the three Turkish cities of Istanbul, Trabzon and Erzurum will be closed on Tuesday after the Russian envoy’s killing.

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