The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel advisory during the holidays, warning Americans to be vigilant and take precautions following the attack in Australia.
“The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia… resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security,” the State Department alert read.
The warning added analysis of past attacks and threat reporting “strongly suggests” a focus by terrorists to strike against public venues, churches, schools “among other targets”, not just US government facilities.
“U.S. citizens abroad should be mindful that terrorist groups and those inspired by them can pose unpredictable threats in public venues,” the alert said.