Arrests in Turkey as US embassy shuts down due to 'threat'

Arrests in Turkey as US embassy shuts down due to 'threat'
From Al Jazeera - March 5, 2018

Turkish police have arrested 12 people in the capital, Ankara, in an investigation of an armed group, state media reported.

The arrests came hours after the US embassy in Ankara said it would remain closed for the day due to a "security threat".

The 12 suspects were among 20 people for whom detention warrants were issued by the Ankara state prosecutors' office, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

It said they were foreign citizens and had been seeking to recruit new members to their group.

The US embassy said on Sunday it would be closed to the public as of Monday, as a result of a security threat it did not specify, and only emergency services would be provided.

The embassy advised US citizens in Turkeyto avoid large crowds and the embassy building, and to be aware of their own security when visiting popular tourist sites and crowded places.

Visa interviews and other routine services would be cancelled on Monday, the embassy said, adding that it would make an announcement when it was ready to reopen.

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