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Europe Travel Alert Warns US Citizens of Terror Threat at Tourist Venues

© REUTERS / Peter NichollsArmed police officers walk outside Borough Market after a terror attack in London, Britain.
Armed police officers walk outside Borough Market after a terror attack in London, Britain. - Sputnik International
American citizens are being warned to be on the lookout for terrorists in Europe when visiting popular tourist sites and other soft targets such as restaurants, airports and hotels that have become favorite targets for attacks, according to an updated travel alert issued by the US Department of State.

This July 5, 2014 photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media allegedly showing the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — "Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the [Daesh]… al-Qaeda and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe," the alert stated on Thursday.

The message advised Americans traveling between countries in Europe to check US embassy and consulate websites for security updates and to monitor local media.

"Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack," the advisory said.

The travel alert expires on November 30, 2017.

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