Turkish police seal off street outside US consulate

2015-02-27 12:18
An alleged suspect near the US consulate in Istanbul. (José Miguel Sardo, Twitter)

An alleged suspect near the US consulate in Istanbul. (José Miguel Sardo, Twitter)

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Istanbul - Turkish police on Friday sealed off a street outside the US consulate in Istanbul, a Reuters witness said, and local media reported a suspect had been detained.

Dogan News Agency said police had detained a man, believed to be mentally unstable, for questioning. A police official said he was not able to immediately comment.

A US diplomat told Reuters the consulate had taken precautionary measures following a security alert.

Istanbul has been on high security alert since January, when a suicide bomber blew herself up at a police station in the historic Sultanahmet district, killing one officer and wounding another.
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