Britain warns travellers of 'high threat' in France, Germany

3rd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's foreign ministry on updated Sunday its advice for citizens travelling France and Germany, warning there was a "high threat of terrorism" in the two European countries.

"We can confirm that the travel advice for France and Germany has been updated," a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP.

"Like other large European countries, they have a high threat of terrorism, which is reflected in our updated travel advice."

The updated travel advice for France and Germany on the Foreign Office website ( said that "attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers".

It came shortly after the US State Department issued a travel alert for Europe in general, warning of "the potential for terrorist attacks" and urging Americans to take precautions in public places and transport systems.

The alerts follow news reports in the past week saying Western intelligence agencies had uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to launch commando-style attacks in Britain, France, Germany and the United States.

British Home Secretary, or interior minister, Theresa May said on Sunday the US advice was "consistent" with London's own assessment of the threat.

"As we have consistently made clear, we face a real and serious threat from terrorism," she said.

"We work closely with our international partners in countering terrorism and the US advice is consistent with our assessment," she said.

© 2010 AFP

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