US Citizens Warned of Overseas Holiday Travel Risk
The US State Department issued a travel alert late Monday for Europe, warning of US citizens of “heightened risk of terrorist attacks… particularly during the holiday season.”
“US citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets. This Travel Alert expires on 20 February, the alert reads. “Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season.”
Paris is opening a major Christmas market later this week, often a hub for tourists.
The alert comes a day after French security officials thwarted an Islamic State group plot.
France arrested seven people after anti-extremist raids in Strasbourg and Marseilles on Sunday, the interior ministry said Monday.
Agence France-Presse reported that the Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, said the interior ministry told him the targets were “in the Paris region” and not in his city.
Take good care when traveling in Europe this holiday season.