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Turkey Arrests 4 Connected to 'Security Threat' at US Embassy


Riot police secure the roads around U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, March 5, 2018.

Turkey has detained four Iraqis in connection with a security threat to the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkish media reported.

The reports came as the U.S. embassy said it was closed Monday due to a "security threat."

"The Embassy will announce its reopening, once it resumes services," the U.S. embassy wrote in a statement on its website, advising Americans in Turkey to "keep a low profile".

Turkish media said the four Iraqis, who have been linked to Islamic State, were arrested in the Black Sea province of Samsun.

In 2013, a suicide bomber detonated outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara, killing himself and one Turkish security guard on duty. The attack was blamed on domestic leftists.

Turkey suffered a number of attacks linked to Islamic State in 2015 and 2016. A gunman attacked a nightclub during New Year's celebrations on January 1st, 2017, killing 39 people.

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