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Warning on travel in Europe

The public was held back Thursday while police investigated a suspicious vehicle spotted in central London.

Associated Press

The public was held back Thursday while police investigated a suspicious vehicle spotted in central London.

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press and Bloomberg News reported Saturday that the State Department is considering issuing an alert warning Americans traveling to Europe to be vigilant about possible terrorist attacks.

Citing unidentified U.S. and European officials, both news services said the advisory would tell Americans to be aware that terrorists often target popular tourist attractions and public transportation, but would not urge Americans not to travel to Europe.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley declined to comment on the matter. But he said the administration remains focused on al-Qaida threats to U.S. interests and will take appropriate steps to protect Americans.

The AP reported that European officials said the language in the U.S. alert is expected to be vague and will not address a specific country or specific landmarks. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because a final decision has not been announced.

AP said some U.S. allies expressed concern about the proposed alert, saying it is an overreaction to threat information.

Britain's Sky News TV channel, citing U.S. officials it also did not name, said militants based in Pakistan are planning coordinated strikes in Britain, France and Germany, prompting an increase in U.S. drone strikes in the region.

ABC News, citing unidentified U.S. and European officials, said a German terror suspect held in Afghanistan reportedly told interrogators that teams of attackers with European passports have been dispatched.

The German government said Wednesday it has no indication that terrorist attacks are imminent in the country.

A day earlier, police in Paris evacuated the Eiffel Tower for the second time in two weeks after bomb threats. Searches yielded no evidence of a bomb.

In London, the Telegraph newspaper reported that earlier last week, intelligence officials in Britain intercepted a credible Islamist-linked terror plot.

Reports have focused on attacks similar to the 2008 ones by the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba guerilla group in Mumbai, India, that left 166 people dead.

said governments of Muslim nations have not done enough to help after devastating floods that killed hundreds and affected about 20 million Pakistanis. The messages coincided with media reports that he is behind terror plots to attack several European cities. A copy of the tape, which lasted about 13 minutes, was made available by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed, though the voice resembled that of bin Laden.

Warning on travel in Europe 10/02/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 2, 2010 11:02pm]
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