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US Issues Travel Alert for Citizens Going to Europe

The alert has been issued due to the cotninued threat of terrorism in the region.The alert has been issued due to the cotninued threat of terrorism in the region.

The US State Department urged citizens going to Europe this summer to be extra vigilant, issuing a travel alert to the continued threat of terrorist attacks.

The alert, issued on Monday, cited recent attacks in France, which will elect a new president next week, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, UPI reported.

"While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks," the alert said. The US State Department cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom and said the self-styled Islamic State and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups have the ability to plan and execute attacks in Europe, Reuters reported.

The department encouraged travelers to check the websites of the US embassies and consulates, and register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The travel alert is the fourth issued for Europe last year. The most recent went out last November and expired in February. Malls, government facilities, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, parks, airports and other locations are all possible targets for attacks, the alert, which expires on Sept. 1, said.

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