Shooting near US Embassy in Ankara after Russian ambassador to Turkey shot, killed ‒ reports

The US State Department is warning American citizens to avoid the country’s embassy in Turkey amid reports of a shooting in the area.

The “ongoing security incident” comes about two hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in the capital.

The embassy compound, which is approximately 2.5 miles away from the art gallery where Ambassador 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.”