US to warn Americans in Europe to be vigilant due to increased terror threats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department plans to caution Americans traveling in Europe to be vigilant because of heightened concerns about a potential al-Qaida terrorist attack aimed at U.S. citizens and Europeans.
The travel "alert" will be issued Sunday for travelers' guidance and is general in nature and will not focus on any specific country, location or tourist sites, senior U.S. officials told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.
The action falls short of a formal "travel warning" which could have broader implications including a stronger likelihood of canceled airline and hotel bookings. It also will not urge travelers to stay away from public places — something Europeans and some members of the Obama administration had viewed as an overreaction.
The travel alert is a cumulative result of information the U.S. has received over an extended period, one of the officials said, noting that agencies are constantly monitoring a range of threats.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley declined to comment Saturday on the matter. But he said the administration remains focused on al-Qaida threats to U.S. interests and will take appropriate steps to protect Americans.
U.S. and European security experts for days have been concerned that terrorists may be plotting attacks in Europe with assault weapons on public places, similar to the deadly 2008 shooting spree in Mumbai, India. While intelligence agencies have viewed the threat as credible, they have not identified any specific targets that terrorists might be considering, the U.S. official said.
Source: AP News in Brief, Sunday, 3 Oct 2010
The only terrorists here are the US government, trying to spread unfounded fear into people. I am also afraid, that going on the safe side, the airports will make live to hell for travelers that week.
And for what? Germany and France said they have no such intelligence. (After all, US intelligence in the past turned out to be trustworthy ... right.)
And the idea of a bloke running through a European city with an 'Assault Rifle' is a bad joke.