ANZAC Day terrorism warning for Gallipoli

It looks like Gallipoli is a place to avoid this year.

The Aussies have received threats that terrorists may target ANZAC day at Gallipoli.

The federal government has received advice terrorists may target Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli this year.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said terrorists might try and target the events held in Turkey on April 25.

Mr Tehan said travellers should reconsider whether they should travel to the country to visit Gallipoli this year. ?

?Travel advice for Turkey was reissued today to advise that there is information to suggest that terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula,? Mr Tehan said.

?The Australian government does not provide this advice lightly.

Mr Tehan said Turkish authorities were in charge of security in the area.

?We are confident Turkey will make every effort to mitigate the threat. With regard to security arrangements in place for the commemorations, security at the Gallipoli commemorations is the responsibility of the Turkish authorities. Security support is provided by military personnel, the para military police, Turkish national police and private security companies,? Mr Tehan said.

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said they did not have enough information to specify how such an attack would play out.

?Nothing specific. It is just that terrorists may indeed try to carry out a terrorist attack during the celebrations. That is all we have got at this stage,? he said.

Mr Tehan said the advice on the government?s travel advice was the same as France and Belgium in terms of the likelihood of an attack.

?Our general level for Turkey remains the same, exercise a high degree of caution. Level two of our four levels. This is the same level we give to France and Belgium. We continue to advise travellers to reconsider their need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul because of the high threat of a terrorist attack,? he said.

I was at Gallipoli in 2015, the place was crawling with Turkish military and police.

I’m not sure I’d want to be going there this year though. Things have deteriorated in Turkey since 2015, significantly.

?- The Australian