One of the suspects in the recent attack on the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, told investigators that he acted because he was angered by US President Donald Trump’s statements against Turkey and the sharp decline of the Turkish lira against the US dollar, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.
Ahmet Çelikten, 39, and Osman Gündaş, 38, who were both detained after firing six shots at the US Embassy building on Monday morning, blamed the incident on a combination of anger and alcohol.
The suspects fired a total of six shots and three of the bullets hit the metal door and glass panel of the embassy’s security booth. No one was hurt in the incident.
The attack occurred amid the rising tensions between the United States and Turkey. The US Treasury Department recently introduced sanctions against two Turkish ministers for their alleged role in the arrest of US pastor Andrew Brunson in 2016.
Turkish AKP government has charged Brunson for his alleged ties to the organizers of the July 2016 failed military coup. Washington has been urging Turkey to release Brunson.
Following the introduction of the sanctions, Trump said in early August that he had authorized increased tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Turkey. The announcement led to a sharp drop of the Turkish lira. In response, Ankara raised levies on 22 types of US goods.