State Department issues worldwide travel alert

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

State Department issues three-month worldwide travel alert.

WASHINGTON — Americans should be alert to the possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased terrorist threats around the world, the State Department warned on Monday. The department said information suggested that such ISIL, which is also known as Da’esh, as well as Al-Queda , Boko Haram and other terrorist groups are continuing to plan attacks in several regions. U.S. authorities said the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of IS return from Syria and Iraq, and other individuals not affiliated with terror groups engage in violence on their own. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. IS has claimed responsibility for the Oct. 31 bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt, killing 224 people. “U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” the alert said. “Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places.

Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.” The travel alert was issued the same day that Belgium’s prime minister announced that Brussels would remain at the highest alert level for at least another week.

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