An unidentified individual opened fire outside the US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon late on Wednesday.

Iran PressWest Asia: US embassy spokesperson Jake Nelson said in a statement that “small arms fire was reported in the vicinity of the entrance” of the heavily fortified compound in the suburb of Awkar, Reuters reported.

There were no injuries, and our facility is safe,” he said. "We are in close contact with host country law enforcement authorities.”

Security forces quickly deployed to the embassy and an investigation is ongoing.

Tight security is likely at the fortress-like compound over the coming days after the incident at about 22:37 on Sept. 20.
Investigators believe the assailant was armed with an AK-47 rifle and opened fire from a passing vehicle. There have been no reports of casualties and authorities have released no further details about the incident.

No person or group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier this year marked the 40th anniversary of a deadly bombing attack on the US embassy in Beirut on April 18.