Isis terror warning over tourist hotspots in Turkey issued by US embassy

Alert follows four suicide bombings so far in 2016, including two blamed on Isis

Emma Henderson
Wednesday 27 April 2016 13:35
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Turkish police officers stand guard near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul's tourist hub of Sultanahmet
Turkish police officers stand guard near the Blue Mosque in Istanbul's tourist hub of Sultanahmet

The US embassy has released a warning to American citizens in Turkey about “credible” terror threats to tourist areas of the country.

An emergency message was emailed by the embassy in capital city Ankara, informing citizens they were being “explicitly targeted” by groups.

The email read: “The US government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey.

“Foreign tourists in Turkey have been explicitly targeted by terrorist organisations.”

Turkey has been hit by four suicide bombings this year, most recently in an attack in Istanbul in March.

Five people, including the suicide bomber, were killed and 36 people were wounded after a bomb exploded in the city’s main shopping street.

Those killed in the blast included three Israelis, two who had dual US citizenship, and one Iranian.

In January, 12 German tourists were killed in an attack in the historic area of Istanbul.

Two of the bombings have been blamed on Isis, while Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for the other two.

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