Worldwide travel alert issued due to increased terrorist threats

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The State Department is alerting people in the United States to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.

According to the State Department, current information "suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests."

A State Department spokesperson told FOX 8, the alert is intended mainly for U.S. citizens traveling overseas. But, the spokesperson said all Americans here and abroad can benefit from the information they are providing.

The travel alert expires on February 24, 2016.

Authorities believe the chance of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIS return from Syria and Iraq.  ISIS recently launched multiple attacks in Paris, claiming over 130 lives.

The State Department said U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.

"Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places.  Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.  U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country."

U.S. citizens should:

  • 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 the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

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