State Department Warns Americans About Terrorist Attacks During Holiday Season


Evan as French authorities smashed one ISIS-related plot, the U.S. State Department warned that Americans traveling to Europe should be on high alert over the next three months.

“U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets,” the State Department said in a statement.

The advisory expires Feb. 20.

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc.,” the statement said.

“U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning,” the State Department said.

“Terrorists may employ a wide variety of tactics, using both conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests,” it added.

The State Department said there was “credible information” that ISIS and al-Qaida were planning attacks.

French officials recently said an attack there was averted after authorities arrested a number of people in the cities of Marseille and Strasbourg.

The terrorists arrested planned to attack Disneyland Paris and the Champs Elysees Christmas market, officials said.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a “new terrorist attack that had been planned for a long time on our soil.”

He later added that the threat level in France “has never been so high.”

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