Turkey detains four for suspected plot against British, German embassies -official

Turkey detains four for plot against embassies

Gulf News

Ankara: Turkish authorities detained four people in an investigation into a potential threat against British and German diplomatic missions but found no links to any terrorist groups, a Turkish official said on Friday.

“Four people were detained in relation to a potential act against the two embassies. Security remains at the highest level. We continue to cooperate closely and share information with the foreign missions,” the official said.

The investigation was prompted by intelligence about a potential Daesh plot against the embassies, state-run Anadolu Agency said. Three of the suspects were detained in Ankara and one of them in Istanbul, it said.

Britain shut its embassy in the capital, Ankara, on Friday for what its foreign office said were security reasons, without giving further details.

The German embassy said on its website that its missions were only available for limited operations on Friday after a four-day public holiday this week. Government offices and financial markets were closed in Turkey from Monday to Thursday for the Eid Al Adha holiday.

Turkey has suffered a series of suicide bombings and attacks by Daesh and Kurdish militants over the past year. It launched its first major military incursion into Syria last month to push the terrorists away from its border and prevent Kurdish fighters from seizing territory as they retreated.

In its latest travel advice, Britain’s foreign office urged against travel to within 10km of the Syrian border and to Diyarbakir, the largest city in the mainly Kurdish southeast, hit by violence after a ceasefire with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) broke down last year.