Europe travel alert was issued by the United States

The US Department of State issued a travel alert on Europe, calling on US citizens to be aware of the continuing threat of terrorist attacks across the old continent.

In his statement, the Foreign Ministry recently cited incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom and stressed that the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda “have the capacity to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

The previous travel directive on Europe was issued in view of the winter holiday season, which ended in February. State Department official said today’s warning was not based on a specific threat, but rather on the fact that the risk of attacks continues, mainly in view of summer holidays. This alert expires on September 1st, according to a Reuters report.

Shopping centers, government services and facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, airports and other locations are all potential targets for attacks, the State Department directs.