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US State Department Issues New Terror Caution - 2002-07-02

The State Department has issued a new worldwide travel alert for Americans abroad, saying that new terrorist attacks, including possible suicide operations may be "imminent." The warning came as Americans prepared to celebrate the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

The advisory issued late Monday said U.S. officials had no information as to specific targets or the timing or method of attack. But it said the government continues to receive what it said were "credible indications" that "extremist individuals" are planning additional attacks against U.S. interests.

The warning, which updated a previous global travel alert issued in March, said the actions may be imminent, target civilians and include suicide operations. It said Americans abroad need to remain vigilant with regard to personal security during the summer season, and to exercise caution.

The statement alluded to terror attacks earlier this year against a church in Pakistan and a synagogue in Tunisia, which it said underline a "growing possibility" that terrorists may seek out "softer targets" as security at official U.S. facilities is increased.

It said U.S. citizens should take extra care at, or avoid altogether, locations where Americans are known to congregate and also warned that Americans may be targeted for kidnapping. No countries were specifically mentioned in the global alert but other U.S. advisories currently in effect focus on the Middle East, South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia.