U.S. Issues Travel Warning, Sees ‘Increased Terrorist Threats’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday warning U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling because of what it described as “increased terrorist threats.”

“Current information suggests that Islamic State, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” the department said.

The warning says Americans should “exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.” It also encouraged people to follow the instructions of local authorities when abroad, monitor media reports, and be prepared for additional screening.

A State Department official noted that the agency has issued worldwide travel alerts in the past and said this latest alert effectively updated past warnings.