US State Department issues “threat of terrorist attacks” travel alert for Europe

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The US State Department has issued a new travel alert for Europe on Monday, stating that US citizens should be aware of the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent.

In the alert, the State Department has cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the UK and said Islamic State and al Qaeda “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

The State Department’s previous travel alert for Europe, issued ahead of the December holiday season, expired last February. A State Department official told Reuters that the Monday’s alert was not prompted by a specific threat, but rather a recognition of the risk of attacks especially ahead of the summer holidays. The new alert expires on September 1st.

Shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, airports and other locations are all possible targets for attacks, the State Department’s alert stated.

US citizens traveling to Europe are advised to check the websites of the US embassies and consulates for security messages, keep in touch with friends and family so they know of whereabouts and check local media for updates at the destination. They also encourage people to register in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP).

Source: US SD / Reuters

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