State Department Warns Americans of Possible Terror Threat in Italy
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On Thursday, the United States Department of State issued a security message to U.S. citizens through the U.S. embassy in Italy that named several popular Italian tourist attractions as "potential targets" for terrorist attacks.
According to a report from F. Brinley Bruton of NBC News, the United States Embassy in Rome has identified possible targets for terrorist groups like ISIS, including St. Peter's Basilica, the Duomo, La Scala Theater and other general venues such as churches, synagogues, restaurants, theaters and hotels.
The U.S. Embassy also released a statement, saying, “Terrorist groups may possibly utilize similar methods used in the recent Paris attacks. The Italian authorities are aware of these threats.”
The warnings come after ISIS released a verified video warning President Barack Obama that the terrorist organization would attempt to attack Americans. Italy has raised its security alert level to two following the Paris attacks last week that took the lives of 129 people.
As a result of the potential threats, Americans visiting Italy are advised to stay vigilant and continue checking for updates and information throughout their journey.
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