Turkish authorities have confirmed that packets of an unidentified and suspicious yellow powder were mailed to the Canadian, U.S., Belgian and German consulates in Istanbul on Friday, prompting high security alerts after two militant attacks in Canada this week.
Turkey’s disaster management agency, AFAD, confirmed in a statement that one Canadian consulate employee came in direct contact of the suspicious package while six others had indirect exposure. It was confirmed that a total of nine people were hospitalized as a precaution. Furthermore, AFAD spokesman, Dogan Eskinat, updated to have decontaminated the Canadian and Belgium consulates and were working on German mission. On the other hand, U.S. Embassy spokesman has confirmed that Consulate General in Istanbul also received an envelope containing a “suspicious” powder but “(it) was dealt with according to security protocols. The consulate is operating normally.”