Police detain person after infiltrating US consulate in Istanbul
ISTANBULPolice detained a person who infiltrated the U.S. Consulate building in Istanbul on July 14.
The person, who is of Central Asian origin, jumped into the consulate garden over the wall, triggering an alarm for security forces.
Police later detained the person, who was reportedly not carrying any weapon.
The man reportedly said he lost his way.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Consulate issued an emergency message for its citizens following the incident.
“Turkish authorities and U.S. Consulate General Istanbul security personnel are responding to a potential security incident at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. At this time, we urge U.S. citizens to avoid the Consulate General and the surrounding area,” it said.
“The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Turkey asks U.S. citizens to contact family members who may be concerned about your welfare or whereabouts if an incident occurs. Review personal security plans, ensure communication connectivity, to remain aware of your surroundings, including at local events, and to monitor local news for breaking events. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” it added.