The U.S. State Department issued an alert yesterday cautioning Americans traveling to Europe about possible terrorist attacks.

The advisory says Americans should be aware that terrorists often target popular tourist attractions and public transportation such as subways and rail systems. It doesn’t warn Americans not to travel to the region.

“Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks,” the State Department advisory said. “Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.”

The State Department has been monitoring the threats in Europe for a few weeks and made the decision yesterday based on the “cumulative effect of all types of information” it had, said Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy.


A State Department “travel alert” is distinct from a “travel warning,” which advises Americans to avoid going to specific countries.