US issues global travel alert due to ‘increased terrorist threats’

November 24, 2015 5:00 am

 The issued a worldwide travel alert. Photo / iStock

The United States issued a worldwide travel alert today warning
American citizens of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the
Paris attacks.
A massive manhunt is underway in France and
Belgium for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, suspected of playing a role in
the coordinated shooting and suicide bombings of November 13 claimed by
the Islamic State group.
The United States has been on heightened alert in the wake of the attacks, which killed 130 people.
“Current
information suggests that ISIL (aka Daesh), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and
other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple
regions,” said a State Department travel advisory.
citizens
should exercise vigilance when in public places or using
transportation,” it said, advising Americans to avoid large crowds or
crowded places and to “exercise particular caution during the holiday
season.”

Citing recent attacks in Denmark, France, Mali, Nigeria and
Turkey, it also noted the threat of “lone wolf” attacks by unaffiliated
persons inspired by terror groups.
The alert, which expires
February 24, warned that “the likelihood of terror attacks will continue
as members of ISIL/Daesh return from Syria and Iraq.”
It was referring to foreign fighters who return home after having fought alongside IS extremists.
“Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theaters, open markets and aviation services,” the alert added.
The
State Department often issues individual country travel alerts, but
this notice was a rare “worldwide travel alert” that comes in the wake
of a series of attacks.
New “attacks may employ a wide variety of
tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting
both official and private interests,” it said.

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