Washington, Oct 5 (ANI): The U.S. government has clarified that the State Department alert on al-Qaeda backed terror plots were meant for Europe and that there was no indication that America or its citizens were the targets.
According to Fox News, the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the State Department's alert "deals with Europe and isn't related to the United States."
Meanwhile, an FBI/Homeland Security intelligence bulletin also claimed that the latest threat is 'not directed towards the United States'."At this time, there is no indication that the reported threat is directed specifically toward the United States, its citizens, or infrastructure; however, we assess that Al Qaeda and its affiliates continue to plot against the Homeland and U.S. allies," the bulletin said.
Undersecretary of Management, Patrick Kennedy, said that the US State Department alert does not intend to advise Americans to avoid visiting Europe.
"We are not, repeat not, advising Americans not to go to Europe," he added.
He further stated that Americans should use "common sense" by quickly leaving the place in case they find any unattended packages or hear "loud noises" and also minimize the number of baggage tags that identify them as Americans on their luggage.
US officials, however, have urged Americans abroad to be extra cautious and report any suspicious activity they come across.
Two intelligence sources had claimed that several tourist attractions across Paris and Berlin, including at least five European airports could be targeted.
The latest State Department alert urged U.S. citizens to "take every precaution" and adopt "appropriate safety measures" while travelling. (ANI)