Turkey says citizens travelling to United States face…


"An apparent increase in terror attacks and violent incidents in the USA has been seen recently".

Turkey's Foreign Ministry warned citizens to avoid travel to the US, citing the growing risk of terrorist attacks and other violence - a day after the State Department said the same about Turkey.

The Turkish foreign ministry issued United States travel warning for its citizens.

Turkey is much safer than the US, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. "In addition to bombings and shootings, attacks carried out by driving vehicles into a crowd, targeting of city centers and cultural events, metro stations, public buildings, places of worship and even school campuses is also possible", the warning said.

In a travel warning statement on its website dated January 11, the ministry also said there had been an increase in terror attacks and violent incidents in the United States recently.

Turkey's travel warning came after the U.S. State Department issued a similar warning to its citizens on Thursday, urging them to reconsider travel to Turkey "due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions" under an ongoing state of emergency.

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have seen their ties deteriorate since a coup attempt in 2016 that the Turkish government blames on USA -based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen.

The warning from Turkish officials comes shortly after United States officials issued a similar statement regarding travel to Turkey.