SHOCK WARNING: Terror threat to MILLIONS of holidaymakers as ISIS target TURKEY
MILLIONS of sunseekers visiting Turkey are at serious risk of being attacked by terrorists hungry for British blood.
By Helen Barnett
Terrorists both from Islamic State and domestic political rebels have put Turkey on high alert
Terrifying new travel advice has been issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, warning Britons of active terrorist groups plotting attacks in the Mediterranean country .
Holidaymakers visiting beach resorts, particularly those from Britain, are at risk of kidnap, suicide bombings, car bombings, rocket attacks and improvised explosives.
More than 2.5 million Britons visit Turkey every year and this year is expected to be as popular as ever, with the pound rocketing by more than 16 per cent against the lira in the last 12 months.
But the nation, which has a 98.9 per cent Muslim population, has also been rocked by western Islamic fanatics attempting to enter Syria to join Islamic State, as well as homegrown terror groups striking in acts of rebellion against the government, police and judiciary.
Raffaello Pantucci, of defence think tank Royal United Services Institute, said: “Turkey and Syria are very dangerous environments.
“Turkey is a big tourist destination so there is a huge pool of people who will be wandering around and could get caught up in anything.
“Westerners will always get targeted because that will attract attention. Ultimately the terrorist groups are about attracting attention to spread their ideology.
“If a British national is killed the British press will write about it and the British press is copied and transmitted across the world. This is why westerners, particularly British, are seen as high value.”
The entire Syrian border is also out of bounds after terror attacks and kidnapping.
The Foreign Office advice states: “ISIL, although based in Syria and Iraq, have the capacity to carry out attacks in neighbouring countries, including Turkey.
“Media reports suggest that terrorists could target areas throughout Turkey, including Ankara, Istanbul and areas close to the Syrian border.
“There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
The warning adds the government is unlikely to pay ransom for those kidnapped as they believe it will only fuel more kidnappings.
Travellers have also been told of a less serious threat of terrorism in Cyprus and Greece.
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