The State Department of the U.S. has issued a worldwide travel warning. This type of warning is a very rare and comes following the Paris terrorist attacks and due to an increased threat of terrorist attacks.
While there is not any specific treat within the U.S., the state department warned that people should now be much more vigilant after the recent attacks in France, Denmark, Mali, Turkey and Nigeria.
In a message that was posted on its Internet site, the U.S. State Department said that current information indicates that the Islamic State, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and other terror groups continue planning terrorist attack in a number of regions.
Noting that the extremists have been targeting high profile sporting events, open markets, theatres and aviation services, the global travel alert tells all travelers to be more vigilant while in public and to avoid large gatherings or place that are crowded.
It added that there should be extra caution during this upcoming holiday season and at the holiday events and festivals.
While the U.S. government has issued individual travel alerts for countries on a regular basis since the September 2001 attacks, worldwide alerts a much rarer.
The alert said that authorities believe of the likelihood of a terror attack will continue as the IS members return from Iraq and Syria.
In addition, there is a threat that continues from unaffiliated persons that are planning attacks being inspired by large terrorist organizations but conducted individually.
The warning arrives at a time when the world is grappling with the terror attacks of November 13 in Paris that took the lives of 130 people while injuring hundreds more along with the Mali hotel siege that killed 19 people.
Belgium’s capital of Brussels spent most of the past few days in a lockdown state over the fears of attacks from militants.
This most recent travel alerts will remain until February 24, 2016.
This advisory also comes just as the busiest week of travel starts in the U.S. for the year. Airlines for American a trade organization for the industry projects close to 25.3 million people will fly over the five-day period of Wednesday through Sunday.
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