US embassy in Turkey sends security alert over reports of ‘attacks, kidnappings’

The US Embassy in Turkey announced on Friday that it received reports of a possible attack on Americans and other foreigners, and temporarily suspended consular services.

“The US Mission in Turkey has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul,” the embassy said in a statement.

“It also include attacks against the US Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey,” Moreover, the US embassy urged American citizens to exercise caution, including while at large office buildings, shopping malls and other locations where foreigners gather.