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US: FBI, State Department Issue New Terror Warnings After French Attacks

© East News / AP Photo/Steven SenneFBI Director James Comey takes questions from members of the media during a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Boston.
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The FBI and US State Department have issued new terror bulletins in the aftermath of the Charlie Hedbo massacre, urging local law enforcement to raise the awareness of potential homeland attacks and cautioning US travelers of possible risks while going abroad.

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MOSCOW, January 10 (Sputnik) – The US Department of State and FBI have issued new terror bulletins urging law enforcement to watch for potential homeland attacks according to The Washington Times report.

The warnings also caution US travelers of risks of attacks and kidnapping during their trips abroad,

US officials say they had no intelligence about any impending attacks and the warnings come in the aftermath of the French attacks. The  information they have about the assailants and their ties with Al-Qaeda.

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The bulletins point at high degree of training and sophistication of the French attackers compared to other recent attacks on soft targets, the newspaper says.

“The attackers of a French satirical magazine demonstrated a greater degree of sophistication and advanced weapons handling than seen in previous coordinated small-arms attacks and acted with confidence and exhibited skill in weapons handling,” it quotes the bulletin as saying.

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The State Department has updated its world travel warning to US citizens travelling to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other places where they can face a risk of terrorist attacks or kidnapping.

“Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests,” it says. “Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where US citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.”

The FBI sent similar warnings following the December attack at Sydney café which left several people dead.

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