British Embassy in Turkey Closes for Security Reasons

Erdogan addresses an audience in Ankara
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the audience during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, January 12. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace Press Office/Reuters

Updated | The British Embassy in Turkey closed on Friday for security reasons, as local authorities detained four people in an investigation into potential attacks on diplomatic missions.

A statement by the British Foreign Office (FCO) announced the embassy would close, after Germany closed its embassy, consular officers and a school on Wednesday, fearing an elevated security risk during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

State news agency Anadolu Agency reported on Friday that the suspects were investigated for the threat on both diplomatic missions.

Turkey is on high alert for extremist attacks, since a series of deadly explosions in Ankara and elsewhere over the last year, as well as an attempted military coup in July.

This article has been updated with information on authorities detaining four people.