US embassy warns citizens in Turkey about ‘credible terrorist’ threats
Last month’s attack in Istanbul’s main shopping district killed three Israelis, two of whom held dual citizenship with the United States
The United States warned US citizens in Turkey on Tuesday about “credible” terrorist threats to tourist areas in the country.
Turkey has been hit by four suicide bombings already this year, most recently in Istanbul last month. Two of the bombings have been blamed on ISIS, while Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for the other two.
“The US government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey,” the embassy in Ankara said in a statement emailed to US citizens.
“Foreign tourists in Turkey have been explicitly targeted by terrorist organizations,” the US embassy said in what it described as an “emergency message”.
Last month’s attack in Istanbul’s main shopping district killed three Israelis, two of whom held dual citizenship with the United States, and one Iranian. A separate attack in the city’s historic heart in January killed 12 German tourists.
Turkey is facing multiple security threats. As part of a US-led coalition, it is fighting ISIS in neighboring Syria and Iraq. It is also battling Kurdish militants in its southeast, where a 2-1/2-year ceasefire collapsed last July, triggering the worst violence since the 1990s.