Beware: U.S. warns of probable terror attacks in Europe on holidays

11:47 Nov. 22, 2016

U.S. warns of probable terror attacks in Europe on holidays

People place colorful floating lanterns in the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris (AP photo)

Holiday season events are under threat in Europe, the U.S. officials say

The U.S. Department of State issued a warning to raise concerns over the possible new terror attack in European countries during the forthcoming winter holidays, the BBC News reports. 

The Islamic State is mentioned among the organisations able to strike European nations again, together with its affiliates throughout the world.

"U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets," the department says in the statement.

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The Islamic extremists have carried out attacks in Belgium, France, Germany and Turkey in the past year, and the U.S. diplomatic agency remains concerned about the potential for attacks throughout Europe. The lone radicals or persons sympathising with them may carry attacks during the Christmas season, even without warning. 

Terrorists can exercise different tactics, engaging both traditional and not so common weapons and targeting not only authoritative institutions but private citizens as well, the agency says. 

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As reported previously, seven probable attackers were detained by the French counter-terror forces on Monday, the country's interior ministry reported on preventing a terror offence. 


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