US State De­part­ment warns of ‘height­ened risk’ of at­tacks in Europe

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The State De­part­ment is ad­vis­ing US ci­ti­zens trav­el­ling in Europe to be aware of a “height­ened risk of ter­ror­ist at­tacks” dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

The ad­vi­sory is­sued this week says “cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion” in­di­cates that Is­lamic State and alQaida mil­i­tants con­tinue to plan at­tacks in Europe around the hol­i­day sea­son. It also warns that “ex­trem­ist sym­pa­this­ers or sel­f­rad­i­cal­ized ex­trem­ists” may try to ex­e­cute at­tacks.

The de­part­ment is en­cour­ag­ing trav­ellers to be cau­tious at hol­i­day fes­ti­vals and out­door mar­kets. It is urg­ing Amer­i­cans to avoid large crowds and be vig­i­lant when vis­it­ing tourist sites, rid­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion and meet­ing in places of wor­ship, ho­tels, restau­rants and other gath­er­ing spots.

The ad­vi­sory praises Euro­pean ef­forts to dis­rupt plots, but says the US re­mains con­cerned about the po­ten­tial for at­tacks.

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