Germany shuts diplomatic missions in Turkey over terror attacks
Germany has temporarily shut down its various representative offices in Turkey in response to “concrete” evidence of potential terror attacks against its diplomatic missions.
The perceived threat forced the closure of the German embassy in Ankara as well as its Consulate General and Deutsche Schule, or the German School, in Istanbul on Thursday.
The German Foreign Ministry said the diplomatic premises took the measure due to the threat of possible imminent attacks, while the school had been shut down because of an “unconfirmed warning.”
“Yesterday evening, our security authorities received several concrete and very serious leads that terror attacks against our German representations in Turkey were being prepared,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin.
The consulate has also warned German citizens away from the three locations.