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Germany closes its Turkish embassy over fears of ‘imminent’ terror attack

GERMANY has closed its embassy and a school in Ankara over fears they will be targeted by terrorists after a suicide bomber killed 37 people.


The Germany foreign ministry said this morning it has also closed down its general consulate in Istanbul and the German school, also in Istanbul, due to indications of a possible “imminent attack”.

On Tuesday, Germany had issued an alert to its citizens in Ankara warning of an “imminent attack”.

The UK Foreign Office said this morning the British embassy in Ankara and the consulate general in Istanbul both remain open.

Germany’s decision to close the three buildings in Turkey’s two main cities comes after a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) released a statement on its website which said the attack was “vengeful action” for Turkish security operations in the mostly-Kurdish southeast.

It said the attack was aimed at security fores and intended to kill civilians, but said civilian losses are “inevitable”.

The terror group previously claimed responsibility for a car bombing attack on a military convoy in Ankara which killed 28 people.

The TAK is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (KPP) who Turkish police initially thought had carried out the attack.

Tensions between Turkey and the European Union are boiling up, with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan yesterday claiming the definition of a terrorist should be changed to include their “supporters” – such as MPs, civil activists and journalists.

It comes after three academics were


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