Brussels Bombing Updates: US Issues Travel Alert To Europe
A few hours after the twin Brussels bombing in Belgium’s Capital Tuesday, the U.S State Department has alerted its citizens to avoid unnecessary travels to and from Europe, warning of potential risks.Advertisement
After the simultaneous suicide bombings in Zaventem Airport in Brussels and Maelbeek Metro Station, the notorious Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility over the attacks.
In its March 22 Travel Advisory, the US government said risks remained high following the Tuesday attack as ISIS plans to continue its series of attacks in key points in Europe. All US citizens are advised to stay home and avoid crowded places as the terrorist groups might be targeting sporting events, restaurants, popular tourist destinations, and transportation facilities such as airports and metro stations across Europe. The travel alert will expire on June 20.
US Citizens all over the world were also told to minimize going to crowded places and unnecessary travels, if possible. The US State Department also encouraged citizens to be vigilant when traveling and report to the authorities any suspicious-looking individuals. The advisory also advised to monitor news and follow instructions from the authorities in times of emergencies.
“European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel slammed the recent Brussels bombing carried out by the terrorist group, which he called as a ‘blind and cowardly attack’. The simultaneous attacks happened early morning Tuesday during a morning rush and while thousands head to go to work.
The Belgian government has launched a pursuit operation to one of the three identified suspects who was seen at the airport hours before the first blast.
At least 31 individuals, including nine Americans have been injured in Tuesday’s Brussels attack, including a US Air Force who travels with his family, and a Mormon missionary, the ABC News reports. The Brussels attacks happened just a few days after a series of suicide bombings in the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul, which resulted in 39 deaths. ISIS also claimed responsibility for the two attacks in Turkey.
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