Turkey detains 4 IS suspects planning to attack United States embassy

Turkey detains 4 IS suspects planning to attack United States embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey closed Monday due to an unspecified security threat, though local media reports the closure came as Turkish authorities detained several suspects on charges of plotting an attack against the embassy.

Prosecutors in Ankara issued arrest warrants for 20 people as part of a probe into the terrorist group Daesh*, a security source said.

Turkey on Monday launched a crackdown on the Islamic State extremist group and boosted security in Ankara after the USA embassy said it would be closed for a day. The operation came a day after the local US embassy was closed for what it said were unspecified security reasons.

Two of the suspects were arrested on a bus on a highway between the Samsun and Ankara.

It did not indicate when it would reopen: "The embassy will announce its reopening once it resumes services".

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The suspects detained on charges of plotting an attack against the U.S. Embassy in Ankara were taken to the police station for formal legal proceedings. "Heighten your personal security posture and awareness" when visiting popular tourist sites, shopping malls, shopping districts, and sports and entertainment venues, the statement said, adding that Americans must keep a low profile.

Several digital documents were seized in the operation, the agency reported.

All suspects were foreign nationals, although officials did not specify their nationalities.

The nature of the threat was not disclosed. They are accused of recruiting for the terrorist group and having contacts with Daesh members in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. embassy in Turkey has been attacked before. He killed himself and a Turkish guard.

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