Bert Koenders
Dutch consulate in Istanbul closed over possible terror threat, says Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders. Picture: Bert Koenders (C), United Nations special envoy for Mali, speaks during a news conference in Bamako, June 4, 2013.Reuters

The Dutch consulate in Turkey's Istanbul was Wednesday closed temporarily over a possible terror threat, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders reportedly said. At least 40 people were evacuated from the consulate, he added.

Koenders advised all Dutch citizens to "stay away from its vicinity and stay abreast of developments," according to Agence France-Presse.

"For obvious reasons we cannot say more about the nature of the threat and where it comes from. The safety of my colleagues and visitors to our institutions are a top priority," Koenders said.

Both the Islamic State group and rebel organisation Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have targeted Turkey in the last few months. At least four people were killed in a suicide bombing in Istanbul March 19. A car bomb blast in the Turkish capital killed 37 people March 13.

As many as 103 people were killed in explosions outside the Ankara Central railway station. A "Labour, Peace and Democracy" rally was said to be the target of the attack.

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