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US Embassy in Turkey reports security threat

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Posted at 6:47 AM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 06:47:59-05

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Turkey says it has shifted to "limited operations" due to an unspecified security threat.

An embassy spokeswoman in Ankara on Monday could not provide information on the security threat but said the limited operations would continue through Tuesday.

Last week, the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul warned U.S. citizens to avoid the building due to information about an imminent security threat and suspended consular services for a day.

Unconfirmed Turkish news reports said the Consulate was placed on alert following intelligence about possible plans by Islamic State militants for a suicide attack.

Two massive suicide bombings blamed on a local IS cell killed a total of 130 people in attacks near a town on the Syrian border in July and in Ankara in October.