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Newsline: Gunman opens fire on US embassy hours after Russian diplomat

The embassy was placed on lockdown after reports of a man firing in the air outside the compound in the Turkish capital. Shocking footage shows security wrestling the man away from the scene and arresting him. After being led away by police, the gunman yells in Turkish: “I swear to God, do not play with us.” The US state department had advised people to avoid the area as the gunman remained at large. They tweeted: “Ongoing security incident near US embassy. “All US citizens should avoid area near Embassy until further notice.” The incident happened less than three miles away from the Cer Modern Art Gallery where diplomat Andrey Karlov was shot eight times in the back by an off-duty police officer.



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