US Officials Issue Security Alert for Possible Attack on Major City

US Officials Issue Security Alert for Possible Attack on Major City

( – Terrorist attacks in major cities across the world have happened multiple times over the last 20 years. Mass transit is particularly attractive to terrorists because of the number of people who use it every day. A US embassy overseas recently released a security alert about a possible attack.

On March 7, the US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, released a reminder that the US Department of State had the country under a Level 2 Travel Advisory. The statement said terrorist groups are plotting attacks in Belgium; therefore, Americans should be careful. “Terrorists may attack with little or no warning,” the embassy warned.

The next day, on March 8, the embassy issued another alert, notifying the public of increased “security in response to a threat of a possible metro attack” that was supposed to be carried out that very day.

According to both warnings, the embassy said Americans should take steps to keep themselves safe.

  • Check the local media for updates.
  • Monitor the US Embassy’s website for alerts.
  • Avoid crowded places.
  • Be aware of their surroundings.
  • Do not attract attention.

The Brussels Times revealed messages written in Russian, warning of a March 8 “explosion” spurred the action by authorities. The emails allegedly came from someone who’d contacted the European Commission twice in recent weeks. He claimed the European Union’s “aggressive policies” were the reason for “major terrorist attacks” in the area. Unverified reports of possible terrorist attacks on metro lines were also being spread across social media.

Belgium’s Crisis Centre said an attack wasn’t likely to happen that day, and it was correct. There were no terrorist attacks on the 8th. Reports indicated multiple international organizations might have stopped the attacks by alerting the public and their employees to be aware of possible danger. Authorities in Brussels have opened an investigation, and the threat level will remain at two out of four.

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