US one more time warns Americans to risk of terrorist attacks in Istanbul
The United States Embassy in Ankara issued a second security alert for its citizens in four days of possible attacks against diplomatic missions and places of worship in Istanbul.
The US embassy on Monday said "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.
On Friday, several diplomatic missions in 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.
Turkey on Saturday, issued retaliatory travel alerts for the US and the European countries, warning its citizens against “racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic attacks”.
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.