: Germany closes its diplomatic institutions in Turkey
Politics14:33 Mar. 17, 2016

Germany closes its diplomatic institutions in Turkey

German Foreign Minister reports their embassy got an undefined warning on the upcoming attacks

Germany temporarily closed its embassy and general consulate in Turkey on Thursday citing indications of an imminent attack. Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says the step was taken based on solid information.

German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier: "Yesterday evening, our security authorities received several concrete and very serious leads that terror attacks against our German representations in Turkey were being prepared. Therefore I decided that the German embassy in Ankara, the general consulate in Istanbul and the German schools in both cities should remain closed."

This comes following a terror attack in the Turkish capital last weekend. A car bomb near administrative buildings in the city centre claimed 37 lives. A militant group calling itself the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks is claiming responsibility. It says the attack was revenge for Turkish military operations in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country.

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