US Embassy in Ankara Closed over Security Threat

  • US Embassy in Ankara Closed over Security Threat

US Embassy in Ankara Closed over Security Threat

A statement issued by embassy staff recommended that Americans "keep a low profile" in the Turkish capital and avoid large crowds.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that Turkey is the country most effectively fighting against Daesh. It added that all the suspects are foreigners but did not provide detail on their nationalities.

The governor's office said it had received intelligence from US sources on possible terrorist threats and was upping security around the embassy and locations used by USA citizens in the Turkish capital.

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

The four suspects detained were all Iraqi citizens and were taken to the police station for legal proceedings, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

A statement from the prosecutor's office said the suspects were detained in a police operation on March 5.

Relations between Turkey and the U.S. have been strained following Washington's support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, which has been heavily involved the war against IS in Syria.

An American diplomatic facility in Turkey was last attacked in 2015 when two militants of a far-left Turkish group shot at the United States consulate in Istanbul. It is now concerned with militants fleeing Iraq and Syria.

Earlier, in another operation four Iraqi nationals were arrested for their alleged links to the Daesh terrorist group.

Daesh targeted Turkey in a string of attacks in the past three years. In Ankara, Daesh suicide bombers killed 109 people attending a peace rally near city's train station.