On Sunday, July 19, authorities in Istanbul announced the arrest of 27 individuals suspected of being Islamic State (IS) militants. The arrested individuals were reportedly preparing to carry out an attack in the city. The attack was reportedly to be in retaliation for social media posts insulting Prophet Muhammad.
A heightened security presence is likely in Istanbul, as further police raids cannot be ruled out.
Islamic State have carried out several attacks in Istanbul in recent years, including an attack on a nightclub in 2017, which left 39 people dead, and an attack in Istanbul Atatürk Airport (ISL) in 2016, which killed 49 individuals.
Individuals in Turkey are advised to remain vigilant for radical and criminal behavior, report any suspicious behavior or objects to the authorities, and adhere to all instructions and advice issued by local authorities and their home governments. A terrorist risk remains a concern in Turkey and caution is advised.
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