State Dept. issues ‘worldwide travel alert’ for U.S. citizens

The State Department on Monday issued a global travel alert for all U.S. citizens due to risks from “increased terrorist threats.”

State said the warning would last for three months, until Feb. 24, 2016.

“Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” State said. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.”

“Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq,” State said. “Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.”

“Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services,” State added. “In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali.”

The warning said Americans should “exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.” It also encouraged people to follow the instructions of local authorities when abroad, monitor media reports, and be prepared for additional screening.

“Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions,” the warning said. “Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots. We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism.”