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Turkey alerts risk of attack in United States, Europe


Turkey warned its citizens on Saturday against” possible Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist attacks” in the United States and Europe after its Western allies advised their citizens in Turkey about possible terror attacks.

In two separate trip advisories, the Turkish foreign ministry recommended its citizens in the United States and European countries” act calmly in the face of possible jingoistic and racist importunity and attacks” and to” stay down from areas where demonstrations may consolidate.”

Recent increases in”anti-Islam and racist acts” reflect the dangerous confines of religious dogmatism and abomination in Europe, the ministry said.

Several delegacies in Ankara including those of the United States, Germany, France and Italy on Friday released security cautions for their citizens in Turkey that flagged” possible retaliatory attacks by terrorists against places of deification.”

This followed recent Koran-burning incidents in Europe. Sweden’s foreign ministry also advised its citizens in Turkey on Saturday to avoid crowds and demonstrations.

A far-right, anti-immigrant politician burned a Koran last week near the Turkish delegacy in Stockholm during a kick, heightening pressures between Turkey and Sweden. Analogous Koran- burning acts in the Netherlands and Denmark also drew strong communication from Ankara.

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