Monday, 19 February, 2018

Iran tells nationals to cancel ‘unnecessary’ trips to Turkey

By Mehdi Sepahvand , Trend

The Iranian Embassy in Ankara has advised Iranian nationals to cancel their unnecessary trips to Turkey.

The warning comes in the wake of an announcement by the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey expressing suspicion that terrorist acts have been plotted in the country, ISNA news agency reported Oct. 19.

The embassy has also advised Iranians in Turkey to avoid crowded places.

This is the second time this month that Tehran has made such an announcement. On Oct. 3 the Iranian Embassy in Turkey in an announcement said, “Iranians who plan to visit Turkey are required to keep from going to busy, insecure places.”

“With regard to incidents that have happened to our fellow nationals, Iranians in Turkey are required to heed the warnings of Islamic Republic of Iran’s Consulate in Turkey and those of other organizations in the host country,” the message read.

A suicide bomb attack in a busy tourist area in central Istanbul on March 19 claimed three lives and wounded 39.

Most of the casualties of the Istanbul attack were foreigners. Two of the three slain were Israeli citizens and one Iranian national. Three Iranians and 10 Israeli citizens were also wounded.

In a similar incident about a week earlier on March 13, a car bomb exploded in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing 32 people and wounding more than 100.

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