U.S. Embassy issues security alert over possible terror attacks in Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in the capital Ankara on Monday issued a security alert for U.S. citizens visiting Turkey, citing the possibility of terrorist attacks in the country.

"Terrorists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners," the U.S. Embassy said.

Between 2015 and 2016, Turkey was hit by a series of attacks, claiming the lives of almost 150 people by the Islamic State (ISIS) and Kurdish militants. The latest terror attack by ISIS took place on year's eve in 2017 at an Istanbul night club.

The United States had last urged its citizens on Sept. 5 to exercise increased caution when travelling to Turkey, warning of terrorism and arbitrary detentions.

Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Turkey and the security forces have detained tens of thousands of people, including U.S. citizens, based on scant or secret evidence that appears to be politically motivated, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.