“The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.” the warning read.
The alert was announced Monday evening.
In the wake of the suicide bombings and shootings in Paris along with the shooting in Mali, the State Departmen issued the warning for United States citizens to avoid travel.
They advised to “Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.”
Worldwide travel alerts are rare as most are regionally-based. The last worldwide warning came nearly a year ago in December of 2014.