The US State Department has warned American citizens on it’s Twitter to avoid the country’s embassy in Turkey and to stay inside amid reports of a shooting in the area.
The “ongoing security incident” comes just two hours after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Turkey’s capital Ankara.
Reports of shooting near US Embassy Ankara, #Turkey– US citizens advised to avoid Embassy area until further notice.
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) December 19, 2016
The US Embassy compound, which is approximately 2.5 miles away from the art gallery where Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot and killed, has been placed on lockdown, the Daily Star reported.
Americans “should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the State Department said in the warning.
A travel warning for Turkey has been in place since October 29, alerting US citizens of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.”
At the same time in Europe, the Schaerbeek area of Brussels is reportedly on lockdown with a police operation underway. Several deployments have taken place in the vicinity of Liedts Square, according to Brussels Nord police, as reported by 7Sur7.
— Jessica J.J. Lutz (@JessicaJJLutz) December 19, 2016