'Anzac Day not immune to terrorists': government urges caution

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

Veteran Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said scheduled commemorations would continue but would not discuss the nature of the threat.

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

“Regrettably, Anzac Day is not immune.”

Authorities says despite a possible terror threat commemorations will continue. Source: AAP Image
Authorities says despite a possible terror threat commemorations will continue. Source: AAP Image

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

But the government is advising travellers to reconsider their need to travel to Ankara and Istanbul because of the high threat of a terrorist attack.

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

Australians at a ceremony in Gallipoli. Photo: AAP
Australians at a ceremony in Gallipoli. Photo: AAP

"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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