No one hurt in attack at US embassy in Turkey amid row over pastor's trial

11:59 AM | 20 Aug, 2018
No one hurt in attack at US embassy in Turkey amid row over pastor's trial
ANKARA - Amid escalating tension between Washington and Ankara, the US embassy in the Turkish capital came under attack as unknown persons fired several gunshots at it on Monday.

According to international media, four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car, targetting the security booth outside Gate 6 at the embassy in Ankara.

The US officials and police confirmed that no one hurt in the attack. U.S. Embassy spokesman David Gainer thanked police for their "rapid response".

Turkish police have launched an operation to trace the vehicle used for firing. While the security officials have gathered cartridges and other evidence from the spot.

The US embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul have been the targets of attacks by militants, besides receiving threats in the past.

No damages occurred at the embassy as the US mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Azha.

The tension between the two states stemmed out of a recent skirmish over a US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson who was sentenced to almost two years in prison on terror charges.

Trump urged Erdogan on Twitter to free him, describing his continuing detention as “a total disgrace”.

Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 20 years and has been detained since October 2016, is accused of helping Gulen’s network and the proscribed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Interestingly, both Ankara and Washington designate the PKK as “terrorist”.

Turkish currency tumbled low over deteriorating relations with the United States as President Donald Trump unexpectedly doubled metal tariffs against the Muslim state last week.

In response to the sanctions, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has confirmed that his country will boycott U.S. electronic goods, including Apple's flagship iPhone device - which was helpful in saving his regime in 2016.


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

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US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
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Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
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Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
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Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
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Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
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Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
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