U.S. Consulate in Istanbul closed following gun attack

10 Aug 15

TURKEY, UNITED STATES

After a gun battle erupted outside the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul on Monday, the office announced it will be closed to the public until further notice.

A notice on the U.S. Embassy’s website warns individuals to avoid the area and travel with heightened security awareness. U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey are advised to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program for up-to-date news and travel warnings.

Attackers reportedly opened fire in front of the consulate, and police responded with gunfire before the assailants ran away. The attack is believed to have been related to Turkey‘s recent agreement to allow U.S. aircraft to land there and to deepen cooperation on military operations against the terrorist group Daesh, or ISIS.

BAL Analysis: Individuals requiring services or appointments at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul should contact the embassy or consulate for further information.

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