Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Australia says has information on possible Gallipoli terror attack

Australia says has information on possible Gallipoli terror attack

Terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli peninsula, according to the federal government which has updated travel advice to Turkey.

The commemorations on the peninsula are going ahead, but Australia's travel advice for Turkey has been amended to reflect potential threat and urge Australians to show a high degree of caution.

Veteran Affairs Minister, Dan Tehan, said authorities could not go into the nature of the threat, but he said Turkish authorities and New Zealand colleagues are aware of the information.

But the spirit shown by the Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops has always been seen as critical in forging a national identity in New Zealand and Australia.

Mr Tehan said Australia and New Zealand were working closely with Turkish authorities on security arrangements, but the commemoration was scheduled to continue as planned.

Turkey provides the protective security around Anzac Day commemorations on the peninsula.

'Unfortunately, in the current global environment, major events attract threats of varying degrees, ' he said.

However the federal government has warned Australians should minimise the transit time spent in Istanbul or Ankara on their way to the Gallipoli Peninsula and that they should avoid large crowds and potential targets for attack, including tourist sites. Phelan said there was no specific plot linked to the alert. "Regrettably, Anzac Day is not immune".

"That is all we have got at this stage".

"We are conscious of the effect of this on the many Australians planning to attend this year's Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli", added Tehan.

"We very carefully have to follow the steps and script of the officials who give advice in this area", he added.

Many New Zealanders feel a strong bond with Gallipoli, McCully said. In 2015, police in Melbourne arrested five teenagers on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired attack meant to coincide with the city's ANZAC service. He said he'd been getting advice about it over the last day or two.

Higher risk levels are in place along the border with Syria and in south-east Turkey.

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