The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert to U.S. citizens in the wake of several terrorist attacks across the globe.
According to the Sate Department’s official statement, 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,” the department said. “This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.”
The department said it believes that the likelihood of attacks is increasing as ISIS members return from training in Syria and Iraq. The recent attacks in Paris, Mali, Nigeria and Denmark have led authorities to believe that more attacks are possible.
“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places,” the statement read. “Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.”