British embassy in Turkey's capital to close on Friday over security concerns

Civil defence officers spraying water at a bomb site after suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb in Van, Turkey, on Sept 12, 2016.
Civil defence officers spraying water at a bomb site after suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb in Van, Turkey, on Sept 12, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (AFP) - The British embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara will be closed on Friday (Sept 16) over security concerns, it said, after a spate of attacks that have left Turkey on edge.

"The British Embassy Ankara will be closed to the public on Friday 16 September for security reasons," it said in a statement on Thursday (Sept 15), without giving further details.

Like most foreign missions in Turkey, the British embassy had been closed for consular services throughout the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday which began on Monday. But it had been due to reopen on Friday with the holiday officially over.

Turkey has this year been hit by a string of attacks blamed on Islamist and Kurdish militants. Foreign missions have closed down on occasion due to security alerts.

Separately, the German embassy in Ankara said German missions in Turkey "will provide limited services until Friday" and "remain closed for any meetings", without giving further details.

The mass-circulation daily Bild had said that German missions as well as German schools in Turkey were closed due to fears of an attack.