The US State Department issued a travel alert Sunday for American citizens in Europe. This new alert is based on intelligence that suggests al Qaeda and related organizations have targeted Europe for possible terrorist attacks. The US State Department is urging the public to remain vigilant in airports, rail stations, and tourist attractions and to use common sense.
Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy spoke to reporters Sunday:
If they see unattended packages or hear loud noises or see something beginning to happen that they should quickly move away from them. The warning urges them to be cautious in public places like tourist sites and airports or while riding public transportation, and Americans should know how to contact the US Embassy and consider registering their travel plans there.
New intelligence shows that Osama bin Laden had plans to execute a multiple-city attack on France, Britain, and Germany similar to the terrorist massacre in Mumbai, India, back in 2008 that killed more than 150 people.
Should people be scared? Parisians might be. After a Paris incident last Tuesday (the second in two weeks!) where a bomb threat was called in from an area phone booth, the Eiffel tower had to be shut down and searched. Fortunately, nothing out of the ordinary was found.
Is the alert making you rethink upcoming travel plans?