Iran embassy warns nationals on visit to Turkey
The Iranian embassy in Ankara has issued a warning statement, urging Iranians traveling to Turkey to avoid busy public places in the country after Saturday’s deadly bombing attack.
On Sunday, Iran’s Embassy in Ankara released a statement, calling on all Iranian tourists to be cautious and abide by the necessary security considerations while in Turkey.
The statement urged Iranian tourists to also heed security warnings issued by Turkish authorities.
The release came after Saturday’s blast in Istanbul, in which a bomber detonated his explosives on Istiklal street, leaving five people dead and at least 39 others wounded.
Among the dead was one Iranian citizen while four other Iranians were injured in the attack.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was in Istanbul at the time of the attack, condemned the terrorist act and offered condolences to the Turkish government and nation.
The security concerns even pushed authorities to cancel a derby match between Turkish football clubs Fenerbahce and Galatasaray scheduled for Sunday evening in Istanbul.
Turkey is itself suspected of actively training and arming Takfiri militants and buying smuggled oil from them but has been hit by a number of bombings recently, mostly blamed on Daesh and Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
The attacker behind the recent bombing has also been identified as an affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri terror group.