In this file photo on Jan 11, 2023, Turkish anti riot police surround Istanbul's courthouse before an adress of doctors who protest before the trial of the head of Turkey's main medical union, Sebnem Korur Fincanci, on "terror" charges takes place.
ANKARA - Türkiye has raised its security measures to highest level against possible Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaida retaliation on Western targets in the country, the Turkish interior ministry said Monday.
"Evaluations were made against all possible provocations, and our security measures were maximized after the sinister actions against our holy book the Quran, in Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark," the ministry said in a statement.
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In this context, the information that terrorist organizations, such as the IS and al-Qaida, are seeking action in many countries has also been evaluated, it added.
Türkiye made some arrests through an allied country's intelligence but couldn't find any weapon or sign of action, noted the ministry, without naming the country.
On Monday, the Embassy of the United States in Türkiye warned its citizens of possible attacks against churches, synagogues, and diplomatic missions in Istanbul province, following protests involving burning Quran broke out in several European countries.
It was the second warning issued by the embassy in the past four days.
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