Iranian Embassy in Turkey Receives Attack Threat

Iranian Embassy in Turkey Receives Attack Threat

Monday, 15 October, 2018 - 17:30
Turkish riot police stand guard in front of the Iranian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, December 15, 2016. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The Iranian embassy in Ankara received on Monday a threat by an individual claiming to have links to the ISIS terrorist group, said Tehran envoy in Turkey.

"The suicide attack against the embassy was only a threat," Ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard said. "Nothing significant has happened and things are under control."

"The threat was made by someone who introduced himself as linked to ISIS," Fard continued, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

Turkish media said Fard had been evacuated but the ambassador and Tehran flatly denied the report as a complete fabrication.

"Such a claim is a sheer lie, and the personnel at our embassy are present at their workplace in full health and security," the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

Earlier on Monday, DHA news agency said Iran's mission in the Turkish capital had been given an intelligence warning about a possible suicide bomb attack.

The road by the embassy was shut off and police could be seen searching cars in the area, an AFP photographer said earlier on Monday.

Fard also said Turkish police "intensified security measures" around Tehran's mission in Ankara in response to the threat.

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