Bulgarian Foreign Ministry: Threat of terrorist acts in Turkey is high

The threat of terrorist acts in Turkey remains high, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on June 30.

The ministry urged Bulgarians travelling to Turkey to be careful because high-risk areas for terrorist attacks were precisely those most frequented by tourists.

The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry warning came after the June 28 terrorist attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport, that left 43 people dead and more than 230 injured. Turkey has blamed the attack on terrorist organised crime group Daesh, the self-described “Islamic state”.

Reports from Turkey on June 30 said that the three suicide bombers involved in the attack were of Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationality.

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry recommended that Bulgarian citizens wanting to visit Istanbul should exercise caution and, in crisis situations, comply strictly with the orders of security services.

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(Photo of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul: ME Jones)