US embassy in Ankara says will be closed on Monday due to security threat

Governorate says security measures increased after US embassy intel concerned on possible terror attacks in Turkish capital

Ersin Çelik
08:58 - 5/03/2018 Pazartesi
Update: 09:42 - 5/03/2018 Pazartesi
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The U.S. embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara will be closed to the public on Monday due to a security threat and only emergency services will be provided, it said in a statement on Sunday.

The embassy advised U.S. citizens in Turkey to avoid large crowds and the embassy building and to be aware of their own security when visiting popular tourist sites and crowded places.

It did not specify what the security threat was that prompted the closure.

Additional security measures were taken after intelligence from U.S. sources suggested there might be an attack targeting the U.S. embassy or places U.S. citizens were staying, the Ankara governor's office said in a statement.

Visa interviews and other routine services would be cancelled on Monday, the embassy said, adding that it would make an announcement when it was ready to reopen.

In 2015 and 2016, several terror attacks happened in the Turkish capital by PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorist groups, claiming innocent lives and injuring many others. There were no incidents in the capital last year.

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