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Video shot from another angle appears to show the Turkish president getting out of a limo, looking at the protesters and speaking to one of his bodyguards just prior to the attack.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sitting in a auto nearby when the incident occurred.

In addition to the 14 outstanding warrants, police will ask for the public's help in identifying additional perpetrators of the violence.

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

Nine people were injured, with several going to the hospital for treatment of head injuries, broken teeth, deep cuts and bruises.

Twelve of the remaining suspects are Turkish citizens and have not been detained.

Some critics were angry police did not make more arrests on the spot; the State Department ordered a federal police agency to release two presidential guards taken into custody saying they had diplomatic immunity.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser described the attack as "vicious" and a "clear assault" on Americans' free speech rights. Newsham said Thursday there was no indication that the protesters were part of a terrorist group.

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would not say whether the United States plans to seek the extradition of the security officials, who returned to Turkey prior to the completion of the investigation, avoiding arrest.

"If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested", he said.

After District of Columbia police announced the charges Thursday, Turkey summoned the us ambassador in Ankara.

"This is the type of offense that is extreme in nature".

"We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters", said the Metropolitan police chief, Peter Newsham. The Turkish Embassy claimed the demonstrators were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

The ANCA's Hamparian was videotaping live at the scene of the May 16 attack, which took place in front of the Turkish Ambassador's residence where President Erdogan was scheduled to have a closed-door meeting with representatives of The Atlantic Council, a leading think tank in Washington, which receives funding from Turkey. A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing anti-government protesters and punching and kicking them as police struggled to intervene. He can be seen running past police officers and kicking at least two people who had fallen to the ground, including a man who had been kicked in the face.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington did not respond to questions about whether Ankara would extradite those charged in the attack who are now in Turkey.

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