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Dutch consulate closed in Istanbul over potential terror threat

24 March 2016 9:47



The Netherlands has temporarily evacuated and closed its consulate in Istanbul due to a potential terror threat in the wake of a recent deadly blast in the Turkish city as well as the capital, Ankara.

Foreign Minister Bert Koenders “decided to temporarily close the Dutch consulate in Istanbul after a possible terror threat,” a statement from the Dutch ministry said Wednesday, advising all Dutch citizens to stay away from the area around the mission and keep abreast of developments.

The Netherlands did not provide details on the nature of the threat and where it came from, but said that it evacuated the mission, citing safety of staff.

The move came after four foreigners were killed and nearly 40 other people were injured when a blast rocked a tourist hub in the Turkish city on March 19.

The attacker behind the bombing was identified as an affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, according to Turkish officials while all the terrorists entering Syria are using Turkish soil.

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