US cautions citizens to avoid Starbucks, coffee shops in Turkish city



Associated Press

The United States has warned its citizens to avoid Starbucks coffee shops and other businesses catering to Westerners in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria.

A Special Security force member on guard at the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, military commanders and ministers visit the mausoleum to pay respects, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Turkish media reports say Turkish artillery on Tuesday launched new strikes at Islamic State targets across the border in Syria, after two mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by the militants, hit the town of Karkamis, in Turkey's Gaziantep province. Hurriyet newspaper and other reports said the mortar rounds were fired from IS-held Jarablus, Syria.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey Special Security force member (file picture).

Source: Associated Press

In a security warning sent to US citizens overnight, the US Embassy said Turkish police were investigating a "terror cell" in Gaziantep that could be targeting "shopping centres, Starbucks, Big Chef Restaurants" and other businesses in the city.

The warning did not specify the organisation that is under investigation.

Turkey has suffered a series of bombings by ISIS or Kurdish militants in the past year, including an ISIS attack on Istanbul's main airport.

At least 54 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep last month. Authorities blamed the attack on ISIS militants.

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