State Dept. Warns Americans About Traveling in Europe Following Brussels Terror Attack

By Penny Starr | March 24, 2016 | 12:54 PM EDT

 

A memorial to the victims of the March 22, 2016 terrorist attacks at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Department of State has issued an all-Europe “Travel Alert” - warning Americans about possible terror attacks if they travel to the continent.

“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation,” the warning states. 

The travel alert was issued on Tuesday, the same day that terrorists bombed the Zaventem International Airport and the Maelbeek Metro station in Brussels, Belgium, killing at least 34 people and wounding hundreds of others.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks.

The State Department warning was posted on the U.S. Passports and International Travel portion of its website, advising Americans to “exercise vigilance” if they do travel in Europe.

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation,” the travel advisory states. “Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.

“Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events,” it continued.

The warning also advises Americans traveling to Europe to be prepared for additional security screenings and to follow the instructions of local authorities.

“Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency,” the warning advises.

(Dept. of Homeland Security)

“European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots,” it concludes.

“We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.”

The State Dept. website states that the travel alert will remain in place until June 20, 2016 unless otherwise updated.

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