The Dutch government temporarily closed its consulate-general in Istanbul because of a “possible terror threat” and advised its citizens to avoid the area, which is close to the scene of a suicide bombing that killed four foreign tourists last weekend. The ministry issued a brief statement announcing the closure, calling it a precautionary measure, but gave no details of the nature of the threat. “The security of my staff and visitors … has our highest priority,” Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said in a statement. “We cannot, for obvious reasons, give further details of the nature or the threat or the information it is based on.” The announcement came just days after a suicide bomber, identified as a militant with links to the Islamic State group, targeted the area. Saturday’s explosion also wounded dozens of people. Among the fatalities were two American-Israelis, another Israeli and an Iranian. The attack targeted Istanbul’s pedestrian Istiklal Street, which is lined with shops and cafes in an area that also has government offices and foreign missions, including the Dutch consulate-general. The Dutch foreign ministry said 40 staff members were evacuated following the closure.
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Newsline: Netherlands shut diplomatic post in Istanbul after threat