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    In light of the recent wave of terror attacks, the US State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert.

    "US citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation," the alert reads, citing concerns of Boko Haram, al-Quada, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and other terrorist groups.

    "Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq."

    The State Department advises US citizens to:

    -Follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor media reports as it relates to travel.

    -Be prepared for additional security screening.

    -Keep family members informed of travel plans.

    -Register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

    The announcement after a series of recent attacks, in particular, the hostage situation at a hotel in Mali last week, the coordinated attacks in Paris on November 13, and the downing of Russian Metrojet A321 over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31.

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