US Embassy in Turkey warns US citizens of potential terrorist attack, kidnappings

US Embassy in Turkey warns US citizens of potential terrorist attack, kidnappings

The United States Embassy & Consulates in Turkey issued a warning of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings on US citizens in the region. It issued the statement on Friday after receiving credible information regarding the possibility of an attack in Istanbul.

The warning urged for everyone in Turkey to exercise heightened caution where Americans may gather, as anyone in the area may be targeted for attack by terrorists. The US Mission also suspended its citizen and visa services at its embassies and consulates in Turkey.

"#Turkey: US Mission Turkey received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul and potentially other locations. Exercise heightened caution where Americans or foreigners may gather,” the State Department wrote on Twitter, and linked to an official security alert at the US Embassy & Consulates website.

Event: The U.S. Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the U.S. Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise heightened caution in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather, including large office buildings or shopping malls.

All American Citizen and visa services at U.S. Mission in Turkey’s facilities (including U.S. Embassy-Ankara, U.S. Consulate General-Istanbul, U.S. Consulate-Adana, and the U.S. Consular Agency-Izmir) will be temporarily suspended. Individuals with scheduled appointments will be notified by email with instructions on how to reschedule their appointments.

Those with scheduled appointments with the US Mission will receive instructions via email on how to reschedule their meetings. Speaking to Reuters, a US Embassy spokesperson said that the government decided to issue the statement after an ongoing assessment of security in Turkey.