BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The federal government is warning the citizens of the U.S. of possible risks during travel due to the threat of terrorist attacks, following deadly attacks across the world.
In the alert, the U.S. Department of State said their current information does indicate that the Islamic State, commonly referred to as Daesh, along with other terror groups, are planning 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,” an alert noted.
Although the alert is a worldwide warning, the federal government is specifically warning citizens of the United States to be cautious while traveling, especially during the holiday season.
“Citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” officials said. “Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places.”
The warning to avoid large crowds may be troublesome to Americans, however the government noted extremists, including individuals acting alone, have targeted large sporting events, theaters, markets and public transit.
Police across the world will continue to track the Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qa’ida and more. Those groups and more have claimed responsibility for recent terror attacks in Paris and in Mali.
The alert, issued on Monday, will expire on Feb. 24, 2016.