Police authorities announced on Monday, December 30, that at least 33 foreign nationals with suspected terror links have been arrested in Ankara ahead of New Year celebrations. The arrests were part of a larger anti-terrorism joint operation between police and the national intelligence agency. Sources state that police are still searching for additional suspects, which likely means that related operations will continue over the coming several days. A heightened security presence is to be expected over the coming several days.
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.