The Turkish Home (Türkevi), a skyscraper housing Turkish diplomatic missions in New York, got here underneath assault on Monday. An unknown assailant carrying an iron stick shattered the home windows of the bottom ground of the constructing, Anadolu Company (AA) reported. The incident at 3:14 a.m. native time, was reported to the New York Police Division (NYPD). Police sealed off the doorway of the constructing and launched a probe.
Some media shops reported that it was an act of terrorism and identified that it occurred as voting for the second spherical of Turkish elections commenced for Turkish expatriates. The Turkish Home hosts a polling station for abroad voters.
Overseas Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu additionally mentioned Türkiye expects quick identification of the perpetrators of the assault on the Turkish Home in New York, the nation’s devoted constructing for diplomatic missions and cultural actions.
“In the present day, a heinous assault was carried out towards #TurkishHouse in New York,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu mentioned on Twitter.
“We count on the U.S. to right away establish the perpetrators & present essential safety to make sure the protection of our diplomatic missions,” he added.
“My ideas are with my colleagues working relentlessly overseas for Türkiye, together with this election interval,” Çavuşoğlu mentioned.
The Turkish Home in New York was attacked in a single day, within the early hours of Monday.
The assailant smashed the home windows of the constructing at 3.14 a.m. native time, Turkish Consul Basic in New York Reyhan Özgür informed Anadolu.
Özgür mentioned nobody was damage however 12 home windows and the doorways of the constructing had been broken.
He mentioned the assailant, who has but to be recognized, left a small crowbar on the scene.
The devoted skyscraper, which opened in September 2012, was cordoned off by the New York Police Division and an investigation was launched into the incident.
The incident has not impacted the voting in Türkiye’s presidential election runoff for Turkish nationals in New York who’re at present casting their votes on the Turkish Home, Özgür added.