U.S. State Department issues worldwide travel alert for Americans

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department is warning Americans about possible travel threats across the globe.

According to the department’s alert, information suggests that ISIS, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations plan to attack multiple regions using conventional and non-conventional weapons.

“Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/ Da’esh 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 indvidual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey and Mali. ISIL/ Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.”

Officials suggest that U.S. citizens exercise caution in public places or while using transportation. Avoid large crowds or crowded places.

If you have a specific safety concern, contact local law enforcement authorities.

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in case of emergency.
  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

The travel alert expires on Feb. 24, 2016.

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