DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents

Four have been arrested; the remainder are at large.

The police chief did not comment further if they were specifically trying to link the Turkish president with the fighting, but did not rule the possibility out.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sitting in a auto nearby when the incident occurred. "We are hopeful that those responsible will do their part and present themselves to answer to these charges", Newsham said.

Ankara told the U.S. ambassador that the decision to issue the warrants was "wrong" and "unacceptable", Anadolu Agency reported.

According to the Turkish government, FETO and its us -based leader Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

Two people were arrested immediately following the altercation, with another two arrested earlier this week. The fracas in the streets of the U.S. capital brought condemnation from members of the U.S. Congress and city officials. The Turkish citizens reportedly objected to this. According to the New York Times, two Canadians were also arrested.

"We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters", Newsham said.

Newsham said the warrants were issued with the help of the state department, the USA secret service and the U.S. attorney's office in DC.

"If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested", Newsham said. USA officials have said law-abiding Americans were affected. He described the attack as "the type of offence that is extreme in nature".

Arrest warrants for the members of Erdogan's security detail have been issued, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said.

The first fight reportedly broke out at the Turkish Embassy when supporters of the terrorist group threw water bottles at Turkish citizens, triggering a 10-15 second fist fight in the middle of the road.

Four people already have been charged in connection with the incident, which occurred during Erdogan's visit to the US capital.

The Turkish foreign ministry, which stopped short of summoning the U.S. ambassador, said it had conveyed to Washington's envoy "that this decision taken by USA authorities is wrong, biased and lacks legal basis".

An official told the Associated Press that "the DC police are expected to say that seven men are being charged for felonies, and another five for misdemeanors". Another wrenched a woman's neck and threw her to the ground. One elderly man is kicked multiple times in the face by different Turkish government agents, sustaining serious injuries.

Video footage showed men in suits charging past police to kick and punch protesters.

The showdown between Erdogan's guards and the protesters came as tensions between the U.S. and Turkey continued to rise over America's backing of the Syrian Kurdish rebels.

"We will weigh additional actions", Nauert told reporters. Washington police plan to release images from the scene to help find out who the alleged attackers are.

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