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Germany closes Ankara embassy 'due to terror threat'

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Germany closes Ankara embassy 'due to terror threat'
The German consulate in Istanbul. Photo: DPA
11:44 CET+01:00
German diplomatic missions and a school in Turkey were closed on Thursday after receiving a terror threat, the Foreign Ministry announced, less than a week after a suicide car bomb attack in the Turkish capital.

The Foreign Ministry said the closures were a “precautionary measure” and called on all Germans currently in Turkey to take particular care when in public, broadcaster NTV reports.

The email sent to German citizens described a "terror threat that could not be conclusively verified.”

The email went on to say that Germans should avoid the vicinity of the German consulate in Istanbul, which is situated near Taksim Square, a major tourist spot and scene of violence and demonstrations at various points in modern Turkish history.

The measure concerns the German embassy in Ankara as well as the consulate and a German school in Istanbul, the foreign ministry said on its website.

Sunday's suicide bombing, which killed 35 people, was claimed Thursday by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a radical Kurdish group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Last January, 12 German tourists were killed in a suicide attack blamed on the Islamic State group in the heart of Istanbul's tourist district.

Turkey has suffered five major bombings since July last year, killing more than 200 people, including two in Ankara in less than a month.

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