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German Embassy Closes Over Threat In Ankara

Posted: Mar 17, 2016 at 10:12 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Germany has closed its embassy in Ankara and its general consulate in Istanbul because of the threat of a possible imminent attack, the foreign ministry has said.

The ministry said the German school in Istanbul had also been shut due to an “unconfirmed warning”.

On Tuesday, Germany had issued an alert to its citizens in Ankara warning of an “imminent attack”. 

It comes as a car bomb attack killed 37 people and injured at least 125 more in the capital on Sunday. 

The Kurdish militant group TAK claimed responsible for the deadly suicide attack in which two of its own were killed. 

Ankara has now been hit by three bombings in a space of five months, ratcheting up security fears across the city and Turkey.

In a statement posted online, the group described the car bombing, which occurred on Sunday, as revenge for security operations in the mainly Kurdish southeast that have been under way since July, in which hundreds of civilians, security forces and militants have been killed.