Mar 05 2018

Turkey beefs up security after U.S. terror warning

Turkey has increased security in the capital Ankara after the United States closed its embassy citing the possibility of a terrorist attack, CNN Türk television reported.

The Ankara governor’s office has taken extra precautions after the U.S. warning, which also covered possible security risks to its citizens, CNN Türk said.

The U.S. embassy was closed on Monday and U.S. officials did not announce when embassy services will reopen. A statement issued at the weekend said the embassy will only provide emergency services, with passport renewals, reports of birth abroad, and notarial services not considered emergencies.

The embassy, located adjacent to the city centre, also cancelled visa interviews and other routine services related to visa applications to the U.S. The alert also warned U.S. citizens to avoid large crowds and the embassy, to heighten their personal security postures and awareness' and to notify family and friends of their safety.