US issues travel alert for Europe, citing terror threat

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe, which will expire on September 1. Department officials said that the alert was not issued in light of specific information regarding a possible terror attack.
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The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert on Monday for Europe, calling on all Americans to be aware of the continued terror threat throughout the continent. In the travel alert, the U.S. State Department mentioned the latest terror attacks in France, Russia, Sweden and Britain and said that ISIS and al-Qaeda “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

The previous travel alert that the U.S. State Department issued for Europe expired in December 2016. Senior level U.S. State Department officials stressed that the current travel alert was not issued in light of specific information regarding a future attack. The travel alert is expected to expire on September 1.

The U.S. State Department said in the alert that the list of possible place terrorists might target includes tourist spots such as malls, government buildings, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks and airports.

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