State Dept. Renews ‘Worldwide Caution’ Terror Alert

Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day.
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The State Department renewed a “worldwide caution” alert Wednesday night following an attack last weekend on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya by an al-Qaida affiliated terrorist group. 

“Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East,” the alert read. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.”

The alert replaces a worldwide caution issued in February. In early August, the State Department ordered the temporary closure of embassies and diplomatic posts in the Middle East and northern Africa out of an “abundance of caution” for terror threats emanating from the Arabian peninsula.

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