The British Embassy in Ankara has added the recent blast in Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport to its “travel advice” for Turkey, warning citizens regarding the security concerns in the country.
British Ambassador to Turkey Richard Moore raised concern over “reports of mortar attack on Sabiha Gokcen Airport early this morning” through Twitter.
“My condolences to family of cleaner killed and wish speedy recovery to her colleague. Working to establish with Turkish authorities a clear picture of what happened and current situation. Our travel advice has been updated accordingly” said Moore.
“There were reports of an explosion at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul at around 2 a.m. on 23 December; the circumstances of the incident are currently under investigation; the airport remains open” said the latest update released on official website of the U.K. Embassy in Ankara.
A blast has erupted in Sabiha Gökçen aircraft marshalling area and has left one female caretaker killed, another wounded, as they were cleaning inside an aircraft. The cause of the blast has not been identified so far, while investigations continue at the scene, conducted by officials and police teams. On the other hand, initial reports count the possibility of an external attack during investigations.