Presidential Spokesman: Turkey Has Blocked Potential Attacks in Recent Weeks 

ANKARA (Reuters) -
Turkish riot police stand guard at the Justice Palace in Istanbul, Turkey March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
Turkish riot police stand guard at the Justice Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)

Turkey has prevented potential attacks in recent weeks, including planned suicide bombings, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday at a news conference in Ankara, following a spate of attacks blamed on Islamic State and Kurdish terrorists.

Turkey has been hit by four bombings this year that have killed more than 80 people. The most recent attack, on March 19 in Istanbul, killed three Israeli tourists and an Iranian.

Israel has urged its citizens in Turkey to leave “as soon as possible” in an upgraded travel advisory predicting possible follow-up attacks.