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US renews global terrorism alert for American citizens

Published time: September 26, 2013 09:42
Edited time: September 27, 2013 11:08
AFP Photo / Tymothy A. Clary

AFP Photo / Tymothy A. Clary

The US state department, citing “credible information” regarding potential "terrorist actions and violence" against US citizens and US interests, has sounded the alarm for its countrymen worldwide just days after a deadly attack in Kenya.

The department cautioned Americans to "maintain a high level of vigilance," warning that international terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda could be planning attacks.

Essentially any place in the world – the statement specifically mentions Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East - where people may gather in large numbers is a potential lightning rod for acts of terror.

Potential targets include "residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where US citizens gather in large numbers," the statement warned.

Attacks may include assassinations, suicide operations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings, it said.

US government compounds were also included on the list of places at risk of an attack.

The State Department also reminded Americans of past attacks on public transport systems in Moscow, London and New York.

The renewed warning from US authorities comes just days after a dramatic siege by Islamic militants in an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that resulted in 72 deaths, including 61 civilians, six Kenyan soldiers and five assailants. The attackers took hostages and engaged in gun battles for three days with Kenyan security forces. Over 200 people were reportedly wounded in the event.

The Islamist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incident, which it said was retribution for the Kenyan military being activated in Somalia.

More broadly, the department also cited "credible information" to indicate terrorist groups sought to attack US interests in Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

It also mentioned hotspot regions of Egypt, Syria and Tunisia, which may also pose a risk to Americans there, the statement warned.

Comments (48)


SirGalahad 09.10.2013 23:04

The United Terrorist States of America

Kee p the people scared

How about a War or Hypocrisy instead of a War on Terror


Carlos Gomez 01.10.2013 04:54

thanks David for pointing out the obvious. Next, they will orchestrate a fierce battle they are waging with the terrorist which will be them masquerading as the terrorist ! Just to prove how vital their function is. Please I hope regular people don't fall for this action. At least now we know why they were so interested in Hollywood going to D.C. to show them how they make the movie look so real.


Mike Littlefield 28.09.2013 04:47

Support for the NSA spying program is fading, so we need to generate some fear to get the numbers back up. Controlling people through fear - isn't that how a church does it? And they say there is a separation between Church and State in the us. It's been hard to tell the difference lately.

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