U.S. Mission in Turkey warns of terrorist attacks and kidnappings against American citizens in Istanbul

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The U.S. diplomatic mission in Turkey has warned that their are credible reports that terrorist attacks and kidnappings are being organized against U.S. citizens and other foreigners in Constantinople (Κωνσταντινούπολη, Turkish: İstanbul).

The statement said that U.S. Mission “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,” the statement continued.

U.S. Travel Warning to Turkey remains on Level 3.
U.S. Travel Warning remains on Level 3.

The U.S. diplomatic mission then gave clear instructions on how American citizens and foreigners can be safe in Turkey.

Actions to Take:

  • Exercise caution and remain vigilant.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by foreigners.
  • Monitor local media for updates.