U.S. Mission In Turkey Issues Threat Warning To American Citizens – Possible Terrorist Attacks and Kidnappings


The U.S. Embassy in Turkey has issued a threat warning to American citizens that it had “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.”

The advisory also noted that it was suspending all American Citizen and visa services in Ankara, Istanbul, Adana and Izmir, Turkey.

The advisory also noted that American citizens and foreign nationals should:

  • 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.

No additional information was provided on the threats other than they were deemed to be “credible.”