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Kiwis fear Gallipoli a terror target

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/04/2017

Kiwis travelling to Gallipoli for Anzac Day have been warned to exercise a high degree of caution after the New Zealand and Australian governments were tipped off the commemorations could be a target for terrorists.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said travel advice had been changed in response to the threats.

New Zealanders are advised against tourist and non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul, and to take caution elsewhere in Turkey.

"The advice for New Zealand citizens reflects information received that suggests terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula," Mr McCully said on Thursday afternoon.

"New Zealanders throughout Turkey are advised to exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places."

Turkish authorities have traditionally provided a high level of security at commemorations and are strengthening security .

The nature of the threats against Anzac Day commemorations have not been revealed by Mr McCully, while Australia's Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan has also refused to comment.

The Australian government is also advising travellers to reconsider their need to travel, and have added a specific warning about terrorism.

"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."

He said it was unfortunate in the current global climate that major events attract threats of varying degrees.

"Regrettably, Anzac Day is not immune," he said.

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 currently 509 people registered to attend Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli.

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