Sunday, October 3, 2010

US may issue travel alert

In this Nov 29 file photo, an Indian soldier takes cover as the Taj Mahal hotel burns during gun battle between Indian military and militants inside the hotel in Mumbai, India. The US is considering issuing a travel alert after a Europe terror plot similar to the Mumbai attacks was foiled. -- PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON - THE United States is considering issuing as early as Sunday an alert that tells Americans travelling to Europe to be vigilant, a US official said.

'We are contemplating a travel alert for Europe,' The US official told AFP on Saturday on the condition of anonymity.

'The bottom line would be to tell Americans to continue to travel but be vigilant. The alert could be issued as early as tomorrow (Sunday),' the official said. Another US government official told AFP the State Department would take 'further actions as appropriate.'

'We have been and continue to be focused on Al-Qaeda's interest in attacking us, our allies and our interests. We will spare no effort to thwart terrorists' plans, and will take further actions as appropriate,' the official said.

News media in the last week reported that western intelligence agencies had uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to launch attacks in Britain, France, Germany and the United States.

The reports said well-armed, commando-style teams of jihadists planned to seize and murder Western hostages in a manner similar to the siege two years ago of two Indian hotels in Mumbai, in which 10 gunmen killed 166 people and injured more than 300.

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