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Aussies fear Gallipoli a terror target

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/04/2017 Lisa Martin and Paul Osborne

Australian travellers planning to mark Anzac Day at Gallipoli have been urged to take a high degree of caution after the federal government was tipped off that terrorists may target the event.

Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan refused to discuss the nature of the threat after revealing its existence, but said scheduled commemorations will continue as planned.

Turkish authorities traditionally provide a high level of security at the commemorations.

"We urge a high degree of caution for those attending commemorations at Gallipoli," Mr Tehan told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

"Make no mistake, we will not let the terrorists win."

The overall level of advice for Turkey and Gallipoli had not changed from "exercise a high degree of caution".

The government continues to advise travellers to reconsider their need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul because of the high threat of a terrorist attack.

However, a specific warning has been added about terrorism, and Turkish authorities are stepping up security.

"Unfortunately, in the current global environment, major events attract threats of varying degrees," Mr Tehan said.

"Regrettably, Anzac Day is not immune."

Australian Federal Police deputy commissioner Mike Phelan said his officers were working closely with Turkish authorities.

"We do understand that the information suggests that terrorists may attack the peninsula. It is nothing more specific than that," he said.

He said the advice level would continue to be reviewed up to the Anzac Day events.

People attending the event should pay attention to their surroundings and know exit and entry points.

There are 509 people registered to attend Anzac Day commemorations including 252 Australians.

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