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State Department issues a worldwide travel alert

Posted at 7:04 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 07:39:56-05

A worldwide travel alert has been issued to Americans, because of increased terrorist threats around the world.

The State Department issued the alert Monday and said 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 officials and civilians.

Authorities said there is also a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons/groups planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.

Officials said extremists have recently targeted large sporting events, theaters, open markets, and airports/airliners. This includes multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali in the past year.

The department said Americans should exercise vigilance when in public places, or using transportation. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events and avoid large crowds or crowed places.

People with specific concerns should contact local law enforcement. Here are some of their suggestions:

  • 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).

This travel alert expires on February 24, 2016.