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Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five Western consulates in Istanbul on Oct. 24, officials said, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week.
Consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium received suspicious packages, the officials said. It was not immediately clear what the powder was and Turkish officials said results of tests on them were due on Oct. 27.
The number of people under strict medical observation, following the incident has increased to 25, the Turkish Health Ministry said Oct. 25. 19 people from the Canadian, 4 from the German and 2 from the Belgian consulates are currently held under supervision in an Istanbul hospital until the examination of the powder is completed.