German institutions in the Turkish capital, Ankara, are on complete lockdown over fears of an “imminent” terrorist attack.
The closure of the German embassy and a school comes on the very day European Union (EU) leaders meet in Brussels to agree on a deal to offer Turkey to secure their commitment to halt the migrant flow to the Greek islands.
Furthermore, the development comes less than a week after a suicide bomb in an “explosive-laden vehicle” killed 37 people in the Turkish capital (pictured above).
The closures in Turkey encompass the German embassy in Ankara as well as the consulate and German school in Istanbul, it said on its website.
Last January, 12 German tourists were killed in a suicide attack blamed on the Islamic State group in the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district.
Sunday’s suicide bombing, which killed 37 people, was claimed Thursday by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a radical Kurdish group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Turkey has suffered five major bombings since July last year, killing more than 200 people, including two in Ankara in less than a month.
One of the suspected terrorists apprehended in Paris yesterday, thought to be planning an “imminent” attack in the French capital, was reported to be of Turkish origin.
Yesterday EU leaders agreed on a raft of concessions, including visa free travel within Europe for Turkey’s 75 million citizens by this April, as part of the migrant deal.
AFP contributed to this article. More to follow…