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Check-in Areas at 5 European Airports Possible Targets of Terror Plot

Japan has issued a travel alert for Europe, joining the U.S. and Britain in warning of a possible terrorist attack by al-Qaeda or other groups.

October 4, 2010

Check-in areas located in at least five heavily travelled airports in Europe were possibly being targeted as part of a suspected terror plot.

According to a law-enforcement official, quoted by ABC News, terrorist groups could have launched commando-style attacks on pre-security zones.

This follows government alerts from Canada, the U.S., Japan, Sweden and Britain urging travellers to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings when visiting Western European countries such as Britain, France and Germany, popular with incentive travel groups led by meeting and event planners.

The alerts warned of a possible terrorist attack by al-Qaeda or other groups.

For instance, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo urged Japanese citizens to be cautious when using public transport or visiting popular tourist sites, issuing another blow to Europe’s tourism industry, which is still recovering from the global economic crisis.

Authorities continue their efforts to keep the public safe in the wake of warnings by officials that the terrorism threat is high and ongoing vigilance is warranted.

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