US State Dept. issues a Travel Alert to its citizens in Europe during holiday season

US State Dept. issues a Travel Alert to its citizens in Europe during holiday season

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The State Department of United States has issued a security alert to its citizens regarding a high risk of terrorist attacks in Europe specially during the holiday season, people have been advised to prepare an emergency plan in advance.

The State Department posted a statement on Facebook which read, “The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets. This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017.

Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events. U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning. Terrorists may employ a wide variety of tactics, using both conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.”

As the so-called Islamic State is losing ground in Mosul, Iraq, it has ordered its foreign members and sympathizers to carry out terrorist attacks in European countries, meanwhile there are also reports that thousands of extremists are planning to sneak into Europe under the disguise of refugees.

Already numerous deadly and high profile attacks in Europe including the Brussels and Paris attacks have been linked with IS which is now trying to spread in Afghanistan.

According to the Associated Press anywhere from 60 to 80 Islamic State militants in Europe are planning to carry out terrorist attacks.

The United States State Department further said, “US citizens should exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc. Be aware of the immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds, when possible.”

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