Euro 2016 football tournament in France could be terror target, US warns

The US has warned that the Euro 2016 football
championship being held in France next month could be
a target of militant attacks.
“The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer
months will present greater targets for terrorists,” the State
Department said.
The event is being hosted from 10 June to 10 July at various
venues.
France is already under a state of emergency following last
year’s Islamist-claimed attacks in Paris.
The near-simultaneous assaults on a stadium, concert hall,
bars and restaurants left 130 people dead and many more
wounded.
In March, 32 people died in neighbouring Belgium when
suicide blasts hit Brussels airport and a metro station. So-
called Islamic State said it was behind both the Paris and
Brussels attacks.
Up to a million foreign fans are expected in France for the
tournament, which involves the continent’s top national
teams.
In its travel alert for US citizens, the State Department warns
of the dangers of militant attacks throughout Europe.
While it routinely issues travel alerts for short-term risks
worldwide, this is only the third time in 20 years one has
been issued for Europe.
The attacks could hit tourist sites, restaurants, commercial
centres and transportation, it warns, with large events such
as Euro 2016 singled out.
The warning also cites the Tour de France cycle race and the
Catholic Church’s Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, which is
expected to draw up to 2.5 million visitors.
An unnamed US official told the Reuters news agency they
had no particular threat information that gave rise to the
latest alert.
Britain’s Foreign Office warns of a high threat from terrorism
in France.
Asked if it wanted to comment on the warning from the US,
it said it had specific advice for football fans travelling to
the competition.
France’s state of emergency was extended to included the
tournament, and it also plans to deploy anti-drone
technology as another precaution.
More than 90,000 police, soldiers and private security agents
are being deployed as well.
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