The State Department issued an alert to U.S. citizens warning them of a heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. The warning states that the risk will remain high throughout the holiday season. The department noted the attacks carried out in Belgium, France, Germany and Turkey earlier this year as a basis for the heightened alert.
The alert stated:
“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 State department believes that al-Qaeda and ISIS militants may attempt to carry out attacks. They also stated concerns about self-radicalized extremists carrying out lone wolf attacks.
The travel alert will officially expire on February 20, 2017.