U.S State Department has taken into consideration all terrorist attacks that happened in recent weeks and issued a global travel warning, due to “increased terrorist threats.”, says The Christian Science Monitor.
While there’s no imminent danger in the U.S right now, authorities are advising citizens to be careful when traveling abroad, after recent multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali, confirms the same source.
Like expected, the recent terrorist attacks are the main reason of the warning
“Current information suggests that [Islamic State], Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.”, said the State Department, in a message posted on their website. The travel warning says that terrorists have aimed “large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services,” so the travel alert tells people to “exercise vigilance” while in public and “avoid large crowds or crowded places”.
After 9/11, it became custom for authorities to declare a travel warning on individual countries, where America couldn’t have provided their citizens’ safety, but the red flag that is flying right now is a rare one.
It’s better to prevent such attacks, as ISIS members are likely to strike again
“Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of [Islamic State] return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.”, says the State Department in the alert.
After recent terrorist attacks in Paris, where 130 people were killed, and Mali, where 19 more lost their lifes, Belgium’s capital Brussels, one of European Union’s centres, spent much of the last few days in lockdown, with armed soldiers on the streets and with all public events canceled. The travel warning for American citizens will remain in place until Feb. 24, 2016.