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US warns Americans to be vigilant when in Europe

WASHINGTON (FOX19) - The Obama administration is asking Americans to be cautious in public places because of possible terrorist threats in Europe.

They ask people to be alert and conscience of their personal safety even in tourist spots and transportation places in Britain, France and Germany.

The State Department travel alert advises American's to not visit Europe at this time.

"Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks," it said. "European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions."

"U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling," the department said.

Britain's Foreign Office warned Britons that there is a high threat of terrorism. Before Sunday the office said that the threat was general. Germany decided to not change their risk of terrorism. France also decided not to raise its alert level.

U.S. and European security experts are concerned that the possible attacks in Europe could be like the deadly shoot spree in Mumbai, India in 2008.

The U.S. notice said terrorists "may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests" and noted past attacks against subways, rail systems and aviation and maritime services.

 "U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling," according to the alert.

The alert could hurt tourism to Europe but there has been no outcry about the alert from European leaders at this time.

This year, because of insurance and liability, many U.S. colleges and universities will not be sending students overseas where the warning effects.

The U.S. believes that Osama bin Laden is behind the terror plots.

Eight Germans and two British brothers are planning the al-Qaida-linked terror plot against Europe but the planning is still in its early stages said a Pakistani intelligence official on Thursday.

The official said that the suspects are hiding in North Waziristan.

If you have already booked at trip to Europe, here are some tips from the U.S. State Department for what to do while on your trip:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially when you are in public places.
  • Register with the State Department. It allows you to record your trip information so the government can help you and your family in case of an emergency.

You can get up to date information or security conditions by calling these numbers:

  • In the U.S. call 1-888-407-4747
  • Anywhere else in the world call 1-202-501-4444

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