US Consulate General warns citizens of potential terrorist threat in 2 İstanbul districts

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A security message from the US İstanbul Consulate General on Friday warned Americans of a possible terrorist treat in the Mecidiyeköy and Şişli districts of İstanbul, “especially in the vicinity of Sisli [district’s] Agaoglu Sokak.”

The message on the Consulate General’s website said there is a heightened Turkish security presence in Mecidiyeköy in response to a possible terrorist threat, warning its US citizens in particular about the vicinity of Şişli district’s Ağaoğlu Street in Mecidiyeköy neighborhood.

At this time, the Consulate General does not have additional information regarding specifics about this threat, but U.S. citizens are reminded to refer to existing guidance in the Travel Warning of March 28. Americans residing in the area should exercise heightened caution. U.S. citizens are reminded to be aware of their immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places when possible, especially in locations where Westerners, tourists, and expatriates are known to frequent, including but not limited to restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship, and transportation hubs.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, ensure communication connectivity, be aware of local events, monitor local media for updates, keep your loved ones informed of your welfare and whereabouts, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security,” the message said.

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