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‘German institutions in Turkey closed for security reasons’


BERLIN - JULY 07: Two young Muslim women walk by a pub draped in a German flag in the Arab and Turkish-heavy neighborhood of Neukoelln during the FIFA 2010 World Cup match between Germany and Spain on July 7, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Many immigrants in Germany identify strongly with the German national team, in part because many of the team's members have African, Arab, Turkish or East European roots. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Ankara: German diplomatic missions and a school in Turkey were closed today for security reasons, the German consulate in Istanbul said, less than a week after a suicide car bomb attack in the capital. The measure concerns the German embassy in Ankara as well as the consulate and German school in Istanbul, it said on its website.

Sunday’s suicide bombing, which killed 35 people, was claimed today by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a radical Kurdish group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers’ Party (PKK).

Last January, 12 German tourists were killed in a suicide attack blamed on the Islamic State group in the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district. Turkey has suffered five major bombings since July last year, killing more than 200 people, including two in Ankara in
less than a month.