The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for the U.K. today, citing “the continuing high level of terrorist threat.”
The alert followed the State Department’s release today of an updated “worldwide caution” to add new information about the “continuing threat” of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.
The caution says that current information “suggests” that al-Qaeda and its affiliates continue to plan attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Attacks could come in the form of suicide bombs, hijackings, bombings and assassinations, the warning said.
The worldwide caution updates an alert sent out on Aug. 12, 2010.
The United Kingdom warning cites “the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems, aviation and other travel infrastructure in the U.K.”
The announcement mentioned a history of terrorist attacks on transportation systems worldwide.
“In the past several years, extremists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as the aviation sector in cities such as London, Madrid, Glasgow and, most recently, Moscow, demonstrating that terrorists continue to take an active interest in targeting these transport sectors across a variety of European cities,” the warning said.