US Embassy warns citizens in Turkey of possible attacks during holiday season

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A picture taken on December 20, 2016 shows the US Embassy in Ankara. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

In a written statement issued on Thursday, the US mission in Turkey warned US citizens against possible attacks by extremist groups throughout the country while urging them to be mindful about attending gatherings for holiday and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The security warning comes at a time when Turkey has been targeted by various terrorist groups, with several incidents taking place in 2016 alone.

The US statement said extremist groups are continuing their aggressive efforts to conduct attacks across Turkey, especially in places where expatriates reside or frequent.

On Oct. 29 the US State Department had ordered family members of diplomats in its İstanbul Consulate General to leave Turkey due to security threats.

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