Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fear Mongering: U.S. issues European travel alert

The U.S. State Department has issued an alert for Americans travelling in Europe, warning them there is a greater potential that al-Qaeda may launch attacks against U.S. citizens and Europeans.

Authorities are concerned that militants may be planning co-ordinated attacks similar to the Mumbai shooting rampage in 2008.

The alert does not focus on any particular areas of Europe but urges U.S. citizens to be extra vigilant when they're in public places such as tourist spots and transportation hubs.

The travel alert is a cumulative result of information the U.S. has received over an extended period, an official said.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley declined to comment Saturday on the matter. But he said the administration was focused on al-Qaeda threats to U.S. interests and would take appropriate steps to protect Americans.

U.S. and European security experts have been concerned for days that terrorists may be plotting attacks in Europe with assault weapons on public places.


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