On December 22, the U.S. Embassy issued a general holiday season threat warning for Turkey and various parts of Europe, as we do whenever there are indications that American citizens might be targeted or subjected to violence. The statement advised American citizens to:
“Avoid large crowds or crowded places when possible, especially in locations where Westerners, tourists, and expatriates are known to frequent, including but not limited to restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship, and transportation hubs.”
Contrary to to rumors circulating in social media, the U.S. Government had no information about threats to specific entertainment venues, including the Reina Club, and the U.S. Government did not warn Americans to stay away from specific venues or neighborhoods.
U.S. and Turkish agencies consult closely in combating terrorism, including by sharing information on suspected terrorist threats.This cooperation will continue as we confront the shared threat of terrorism.
As the White House and our embassy indicated earlier today, we categorically condemn last night’s terrorist attack. We send our condolences to all those affected by this heinous attack, in which American citizens were also present.