American travelers warned to be cautious in Europe during the holiday season

(KGTV) - The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for American citizens going to Europe during the holiday season due to a heightened risk of terrorist attacks.

Officials warned last week that U.S. citizens should be cautious at holiday festivals and events.

The State Department cited mass casualty attacks last year at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany and a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey on New Year’s Eve.

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American travelers are encouraged to check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in their destination cities for recent security messages.

The State Department has a Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security messages and make it easier to find U.S. citizens in an emergency.

The travel alert expires January 31, 2018.

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