Canada joins countries warning of possible terrorist attacks in Turkey
Canada has warned its citizens against the “high” risk of a terrorist attack in Turkey.
In a security alert issued on Tuesday, the Canadian government said the Canadian nationals should be cautious against the high risk of possible terrorist attacks that can occur anywhere in Turkey, in retaliation for the Koran-burning incidents.
On Friday, several diplomatic missions in Turkish capital Ankara, such as the United States, Germany and France, have warned their citizens in Turkey against possible retaliatory attacks against places of worship, following the Koran-burning demonstrations held in several European countries including Sweden, Denmark and Holland.
The US Embassy on Monday issued a second security alert for its nationals, saying that "possible imminent retaliatory attacks by terrorists" could take place especially in Istanbul’s Beyoglu, Galata, Taksim and Istiklal neighbourhoods, areas that are frequented by Westerners.
Germany, the United Kingdom and Netherlands this week have taken a step forward and closed their diplomatic missions in Istanbul due to threats related to Koran-burning protests in several European capitals.
Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the Danish far-right political party Stram Kurs (Hard Line) has burned copies of Koran in front of the Turkish Embassy and a mosque in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday, replicating the same act he committed in Sweden’s capital Stockholm last weekend.