Anyone going to Turkey this year should be aware of the government’s warning
The Foreign Office has issued some advice for anyone planning on travelling to Turkey this year in light of a recent terrorism incident.the government has warned that those going to the popular holiday destination may be at risk of experiencing terrorism attacks after one in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul in November killed six people and left dozens more injured.
“There is a potential that citizens from western countries may be targets or caught up in attacks, particularly in the major cities,” says the advice, which was published on Sunday (January 29).
“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey,” the guidance says. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, and occur without warning, including in places visited by foreigners, affecting public buildings, places of worship, major events or large public gatherings.
“You should be especially vigilant and where possible avoid places frequented by Westerners, including diplomatic premises, places of worship, and around significant religious occasions and public holidays; terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks around these times.
“Previous methods of attack have included armed assaults, suicide bombings, car bombings, rocket attacks, arson and improvised explosive devices left in refuse bins, crowded areas, shops and on public transport. Be vigilant, monitor media reports and keep up to date with this travel advice.