US Issues worldwide travel alert
THE US has issued a worldwide alert warning of plans by al-Qaida to launch an attack in the Middle East or North Africa in August.
The State Department issued the worldwide caution to US citizens a day after announcing a number of embassies would shut on Sunday as a precaution.
It said attacks were possible "particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula".
"Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," the US State Department said in a worldwide travel alert for US citizens.
The alert warned of "the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure".
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