US Embassy cautions tourists and expats after multiple bombings in Turkey

As tensions rise in Turkey the US Embassy warns that Americans traveling to or living in the country to be on their guard after explosions in busy tourist areas raised some red flags.

According to AOL News the United  States Embassy has warned citizens to think twice about traveling there after four suicide bombings have taken place in the country. The terrorist group ISIS has taken responsibility for two of the bombings with independent Kurdish militant groups have laid claim to the other two.

“The U.S. Mission in Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that there are credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya,” read an emergency message from the US Embassy. “Please exercise extreme caution if you are in the vicinity of such areas.”

Though to tourists it doesn’t really matter who is to blame; the threat of danger is real and frightening no matter which end it comes from. John Kirby of the U.S. State Department noted terrorism is terrorism and no matter who is responsible it must be stopped.

“We reaffirm our strong partnership with our NATO Ally Turkey in combating the shared threat of terrorism,” said Kirby in a statement on CBS News.

As of today nearly four suicide bombings have taken place in various tourist hot spots across the country. Reuters added that alongside these bombings a fifth has been a controlled detonation of an unattended bag left in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Visitors are cautioned to avoid areas where bombings have taken place.




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