US Embassy In Ankara On Lockdown After ‘Security Incident’

The United States has put its embassy in Ankara on lockdown after assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an art gallery nearby.

In a tweet on Monday, the US State Department advised all citizens to avoid the area following reports of a shooting near the embassy.

The alert came just moments after Andrey Karlov, was gunned down at the photo exhibition.

Moscow has said described the assault was a “terrorist act.”

The State Department described the ensuing situation at the embassy, approximately 2.5 miles away from the art gallery, as an “ongoing security incident.”

“All US citizens should avoid area near Embassy compound until further notice,” it said in a tweet.

The department also called on Americans to “avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.”

It is still unknown if the lockdown is related to the ambassador’s assassination.

Due to the upsurge in terrorist attacks in Turkey, Washington has been alerting citizens to avoid the country since October 29, cautioning them of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.”

The area where the ambassador was shot dead should specifically be avoided “at least until Tuesday morning, December 20.”

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Putin Reacts To The Assassination Of His Ambassador’s In Ankara (WATCH VIDEO)

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin has reacted to the murder of his Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov who was killed on Monday in the capital, Ankara.

Karlov was giving a speech at an art exhibition when he was shot in the back by a gunman who shouted Islamist slogans and spoke about the situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

However, Putin’s reaction is what many have waited for. Watch video below:

Organizer Of Ankara Suicide Attack Killed

An organiser of a deadly suicide attack in Ankara in February that left at least 28 people dead has been killed in counter-terror operations in Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey, a Turkish official said on Friday.

“Mehmet Sirin Kaya, a mastermind of the February 17 suicide attack against military personnel in Ankara has been killed in counter-terrorism operations in Lice, Diyarbakir,” the official told journalists, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) — a radical splinter group of the better-known Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — claimed the suicide bomb attack in Ankara, saying that it was in response to security operations in the southeast.

Turkey has remained on high alert after a wave of attacks on its soil blamed on not only Kurdish militants but also Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

At least 44 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s international airport on Tuesday, with the government pointing the finger of blame at IS jihadists.

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#StyleToday: Versatile Ankara

Today we get a style photo insight from legendary fashion icon, Iman.

She posted this photo today on her Instagram and it only reminds us of how versatile, classy and adorable ankara is. It also drew us back to the recent ankara dress that Riri wore to the white house. Ankara is truly beautiful….

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