US warns citizens of ‘increased threats’ of terrorism in Turkey

The US State Department has cautioned American citizens against travel to Turkey in the wake of a coup attempt that left at least 265 dead.

“In light of the July 15 coup attempt and its aftermath, we suggest US citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time,” the department said in a statement.

It also warned of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey” and urged citizens to particularly “avoid travel to southeastern Turkey.”

“Foreign and US tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations,” the statement said.

Travel restrictions have also been imposed on US government personnel in southeastern Turkey, it added.

The US has suspended all flights to and from Turkey.

Turkish authorities blamed US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen for the bungled coup and demanded he be handed over to Turkey.

President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has long accused Gulen, his former ally, of…

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