As tensions rise in various locations around the world, the US Department of State has warned Americans living overseas, including Nigeria, to be vigilant of potential attacks.
The alert, issued on Thursday, is based on intelligence reports of possible terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against US citizens and interests.
The Department of State advised Americans to stay alert in tourist areas, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates and alerts, and follow the Department of State on social media.
It stated, “Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution. U.S. citizens should:
“Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists,” the US Department stated, asking Americans to “enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency overseas as well as “follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.”
The alert also applies to Americans living in the Middle East, where the US support for Israel in the conflict with Hamas has sparked protests.