February 4, 2013 - 13:38 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul and the U.S. Consulate in Adana were open for regular business hours to provide the full range of normal services despite confirmed threats from the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), which had claimed responsibility for the Feb1 suicide bomb attack on the embassy, Hurriyet Daily News reports.
Embassy officials said they had received credible information corroborating the DHKP/C’s threats. The DHKP/C claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that killed an embassy guard along with the suicide bomber while leaving one woman injured. According to embassy officials, the DHKP/C stated it intended to commit further attacks against the United States, NATO and Turkey.
“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Turkey “to be alert to the potential for violence, to avoid those areas where disturbances have occurred, and to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals traveling to or residing in Turkey enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens and nationals without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Enrolling signs you up to receive updated information about areas abroad and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you or your designated contact in case of emergency,” the embassy said in an official statement released to its citizens.