The United States government has released a new travel warning for citizens heading to Europe for their summer vacations in the wake of four radical Islamic terror attacks that took place within just the last four weeks, claiming that ISIS-backed jihadis could strike anywhere on the continent and at any time.
In a statement, the State Department pointed to recent incidents in Britain, France, and Sweden to explain the gravity of the situation and to prove ISIS’s ability “to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”
The threat is only expected to escalate in the summer travel season, when the U.S. government believes that jihadis will target “tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities” in order to inflict the maximum amount of damage and cause the most bloodshed.
“In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks,” the State Department’s warning continued, adding that “U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.”
Recent attacks have shown that jihadi terrorists are willing to use unconventional weaponry in order to catch innocent bystanders off-guard.
“Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack,” the alert noted.
Last month, a radicalized Muslim named Khalid Masood carried out a grisly car-and-knife attack on Westminster Bridge that left five people dead, including a police officer. A similar attack was potentially averted last week when police arrested a terror suspect named Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali as he made his way toward Downing Street carrying a bag filled with knives.