Germany advises citizens in İstanbul to stay at their hotels, indoors

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In an updated travel advisory after twin bomb attacks in İstanbul on Saturday night, the German government has warned its citizens in Turkey to stay at their hotels and indoors for their own safety.

The updated version of the travel warning posted on the website of the German Foreign Ministry says: “Two heavy bomb attacks were perpetrated in the city center of İstanbul on Dec.10, 2016. It is advised the [German] citizens in the city stay at their hotels or wherever they reside and follow the developments from the media.”

The explosions, triggered by a car and a suicide bomber less than one minute apart, struck outside Beşiktaş’s football stadium less than two hours after a match had finished on Saturday evening. The attacks claimed the lives of a total of 38 people and injured 166 others.

A suicide attack by the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed 12 German tourists in central İstanbul on Jan. 12.

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