Foiled Extremist Plot Causes State Department to Issue Travel Alert for Europe
“Heightened risk of terrorist attacks…particularly during the holiday season,” according to the U.S. State Department, is resulting a travel alert for Europe. The alert warns U.S. citizens to exercise caution at festivals, outdoor markets, and various events. It further states, “Credible information indicates the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant, al-Qa’ida and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe with a focus on the upcoming holiday season.”
This alert comes during the week that Paris is opening a major Christmas market which is often a gathering place for tourists.
The alert was issued a day after French security official prevented an Islamic State group plot. Seven people were arrested, on Sunday, by French police after anti-extremist raids in Strasbourg and Marseille according to the Interior ministry. During a news conference in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned against a “new terrorist attack that had been planned for a long time on our soil.” According to the ministry 418 people have been arrested for links to extremist networks since the beginning of the year.
The U.S. State Department’s warning said, “European authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots. We continue to work closely with our European allies on the threat from international terrorism.”