US Embassy in Turkey receives credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings
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The U.S. Embassy in Turkey received “credible reports” of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings, including those against U.S. citizens, in Istanbul, according to a statement Friday morning.
“The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey,” the statement read. “U.S. citizens are advised to exercise heightened caution in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather, including large office buildings or shopping malls.”
The statement said to “exercise caution” and to “avoid crowds.”
Between 2015 and 2017, several terrorist attacks were attributed to the Islamic State, including a bombing in Ankara that killed 102 people, according to the Associated Press. In July, Turkey detained 27 people whom it believed were connected to ISIS. There were also attacks from an outlawed Kurdish militant group and a far-left group that previously targeted the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.
A spokesperson for the embassy told the Associated Press that the mission issued the notice “as a result of our ongoing assessment of security conditions. The statement speaks for itself,” adding: “We are grateful for the support of the Turkish government in ensuring the safety of Americans living in Turkey as well as Turkish citizens who visit our Embassy and Consulates.”
Source: Washington Examiner