US issues travel alert for Europe

The US State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe urging US citizens to be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent.

The State Department cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the UK as a catalyst for the alert. According to the department, the alert has not been raised by a specific threat, but rather by the fact that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda ‘have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe’. This is especially in light of the upcoming summer holiday period coming up for US citizens.

The latest alert is set to expire on 1 September. A previous alert for Europe expired in February

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 said.

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