U.S. to issue travel alert in Europe

The Obama administration is considering to warn U.S. citizens to be alert as they stay in Europe, providing updated guidance prompted by al-Qaeda threats, American and European officials told the Associated Press. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because a final decision has not been announced.

This could have negative implications for European tourism, business and diplomacy if travelers fear there’s a possibility of terror attacks. “This travel alert is a cumulative result of information we have received over an extended period,” one senior administration official said.

European and U.S. officials have not recognized any specific targets that terrorists might be consider. They have been apprehensive that terrorists may be plotting attacks in Europe on public places, comparable to the deadly 2008 shooting spree in Mumbai, India.

“As a matter of policy we don’t discuss specific force protection measures or levels. Commanders continually evaluate the local security environment and take appropriate and prudent security measures to protect personnel and facilities,” said Army Maj.Tanya Bradsher, a Defense Department spokeswoman.

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