US Issues Global Travel Alert Due to Increased Terrorist Threats

Washington (AFP) – The United States issued a global travel alert on Monday warning American citizens of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the Paris attacks.

An immense manhunt is happening in France and Belgium for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, supposed 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.

US 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 current attacks in Denmark, France, Mali, Nigeria and Turkey, it also noted the threat of “lone wolf” attacks by unaffiliated persons motivated 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.”

“Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theaters, open markets and aviation services,” the alert added.

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