Scenes from Gallipoli and Anzac Cove
Scenes from Gallipoli and Anzac Cove Heidi Costello

Turkey focuses on security ahead of Anzac Day centenary

MORE than 4000 Turkish police and troops will be on hand to protect the thousands of Australians attending the Gallipoli centenary on Anzac Day amid increasing terrorism fears.

Security concerns were raised this week after a suicide bomber walked into an Istanbul police station and blew herself up, killing one officer.

Turkey has become the main corridor for foreign fighters headed to join Islamic terrorist groups in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Fairfax Media that Australian officials were working closely with Turkish counterparts on security arrangements ahead of the event.

It is also understood security agency ASIO is undertaking an exhaustive assessment of possible threats including a possible terrorist attack.

The 8000 Australians who received tickets in the national ballot are expected to attend the Anzac Day service in April to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

- APN NEWSDESK.



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