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US warns of terrorist attacks in Europe this holiday season

The travel alert comes as France conducted another series of terror-related arrests.

FILE: Soldiers and police patrol on Brussels' Grand Place in November 2015. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Washington has warned Americans that there may be terrorist attacks in Europe in the run-up to the holiday season.

The travel alert comes as France conducted another series of terror-related arrests.

The US State Department says it has credible information indicating that militants belonging to the so-called Islamic State movement as well as al-Qaeda and other groupings are planning attacks in Europe.

It says US citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.

The alert, in force for three months, says travellers should also apply caution on public transport, places of worship, restaurants and hotels.

The alert notes extremists have carried out attacks in Belgium, France, Germany, and Turkey in the past year.

The State Department says it works closely with European governments, routinely sharing information to combat terrorism.

(Edited by Neo Koza)