US warns ci­ti­zens of at­tack, kid­nap­ping risk in Is­tan­bul

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE United States has warned its ci­ti­zens of the po­ten­tial risk of ter­ror at­tack or at­tempted kid­nap­ping of for­eign­ers in Is­tan­bul, which has been rocked by sev­eral bomb­ings this year.

The con­sulate in Is­tan­bul said in a mes­sage on Oc­to­ber 22 that ex­trem­ist groups con­tin­ued their “ag­gres­sive ef­forts” to at­tack Amer­i­cans and other for­eign­ers in the city.

“These at­tacks may be pre-planned or could oc­cur with lit­tle or no warn­ing, and in­clude, but are not limited to: armed at­tack, at­tempted kid­nap­ping, bomb­ing, or other vi­o­lent acts,” it said in an on­line no­tice.

The con­sulate did not spec­ify which group was be­lieved to be plot­ting such acts, but in the past year the city has suf­fered mul­ti­ple bomb­ings by the Is­lamic State (IS) group and Kur­dish mil­i­tants.

In June, 47 peo­ple were killed in a triple-sui­cide bomb­ing and gun at­tack at Is­tan­bul’s Ataturk air­port, which au­thor­i­ties blamed on the IS.

Those vis­it­ing Is­tan­bul or liv­ing in the city were ad­vised to “re­view and up­date their per­sonal se­cu­rity prac­tices” when fre­quent­ing ar­eas pop­u­lar with Western­ers or where they may live, the con­sulate said.

It is the lat­est warn­ing from the US af­ter the con­sulate in south­ern Adana prov­ince warned of a po­ten­tial se­cu­rity threat tar­get­ing US-branded ho­tels in south­ern Turkey.

In the lat­est mes­sage, the con­sulate also told its ci­ti­zens to avoid trav­el­ling to south­east­ern Turkey and to stay away from large crowds – es­pe­cially in pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions – as well as po­lit­i­cal gath­er­ings and ral­lies.

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