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U.S. embassy in Turkey closes due to 'security threat'

06 March 2018, 01:50 | Marta Robbins

Americans Warned As Security Threat Prompts Closure Of US Embassy In Turkey

US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey Will be Closed Monday Due to Security Threat

Turkish police detained four Iraqi nationals today on suspicion of planning an attack on the US Embassy in Ankara, the state-run Anadolu Agency said, hours after the mission temporarily closed due to a security threat.

"Both the intelligence service and security forces have taken extra measures, and important results have been achieved", he said, without elaborating. It was not immediately clear whether the arrests were connected to the closure of the embassy.

The U.S. Embassy has announced on its website that it would be closed on March 5 because of an an unspecified security threat.

Starting March 5, the Embassy will provide "only emergency services", the Monday announcement said.

"We appreciate the continuing strong support we receive from the Turkish National Police and Turkish security services in making our facilities as safe as possible", Gainer said.

On March 5, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozda─č said USA consulates in Turkey were "operating as normal".

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Several digital documents were seized in the operation, the agency reported. Two others were detained in Samsun by police acting on information they provided, the report said.

It issued the same statement for Tuesday after the police detention of suspected IS members.

According to the statement, the detained suspects are accused of trying to recruit members for ISIL and were "in contact with people in conflict zones".

The Governorate of the Turkish capital separately warned of an attack on the United States embassy or public venues where Americans frequent.

In 2013, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, killing himself and a Turkish guard. Turkey has also been the victim of numerous ISIS and PKK attacks in recent years that have killed hundreds.



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