US Embassy in Turkey closes due to security threat
Mar 06, 2018, 01:49
Turkish police in the Black Sea city of Samsun on Monday apprehended four Iraqi nationals who they said were Islamic State (IS) members preparing an attack on the United States Embassy in the country. Police have taken high security measures outside the US embassy.
"The decision to close the American embassy is not a political one, it was taken on security grounds", Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said at a news conference.
The embassy said it would be closed on Monday because of a "security threat", without giving further details. "The Embassy will announce its reopening, once it resumes services".
All suspects were foreign nationals, although officials did not specify their nationalities.
The U.S. Embassy was the target of a suicide bombing in 2013 by a militant from the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which killed a Turkish security guard.
A total of 3,000 Daesh terrorists were killed in Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, Bozdağ said, while 1,000 others were killed trying to attack the Turkish camp in Iraq's Bashiqa. Turkish troops and proxy forces are attacking the US-supported Kurdish militias, which the Turkish government considers a security threat. An attack at a luxury Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2017, killed 39 people.
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At the blast site in the Qabil Bay neighborhood, blood pooled on the pavement amid rubble in front of a destroyed building. The police have not confirmed a casualty toll and no militant group claimed responsibility for the explosion.
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