Iran embassy in Ankara receives ‘suicide bomb threat’

The road by the embassy was shut off and police could be seen searching cars in the area. (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2018
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Iran embassy in Ankara receives ‘suicide bomb threat’

  • DHA news agency said Iran’s mission in the Turkish capital had been given an intelligence warning about a possible suicide bomb attack
  • Tehran flatly denied the report as a complete fabrication

ANKARA: An individual who claimed to have links to Daesh threatened to attack the Iranian embassy in Ankara, Tehran’s envoy in Turkey said on Monday, denying Turkish media reports that he had been evacuated.
“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 Daesh,” Fard said, 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.
Ambassador Fard also said Turkish police “intensified security measures” around Tehran’s mission in Ankara in response to the threat.
In 2015 and 2016, Turkey was hit by a series of terror attacks which were blamed on both Kurdish militants and Daesh.
The last attack blamed on Daesh was in January 2017 when a gunman killed 39 people at an elite Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations.
Since then, Turkish police have conducted regular raids across the country against suspected Daesh militants.
They have also regularly targeted members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Ankara and its Western allies.


Egypt, 5 Arab nations in live ammunition military drills

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Egypt, 5 Arab nations in live ammunition military drills

  • Thursday’s drills were held in the western desert around the “Mohammed Naguib” military base
  • They are scheduled to end Friday

MARSA MATROUH, EGYPT: Military units from Egypt and five other Arab nations have conducted war drills with live ammunition in the Egyptian desert west of Cairo.
Thursday’s drills were held in the western desert around the “Mohammed Naguib” military base near the coastal Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh.
The drills, codenamed “Arab Shield,” bring together ground, naval and air units from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait. They are scheduled to end Friday.
Thursday’s drills involved target practice by rocket launchers, tanks and fighter-jets.
Egypt has been holding separate drills with each of these five Arab nations in recent years, but Arab Shield marked the first time that all six allies simultaneously participated in war games.