WASHINGTON • The United States warned its citizens yesterday that this summer's Euro 2016 soccer tournament and related events across France and Europe will present potential targets for terrorists.
The month-long European Championship finals start in Paris on June 10, drawing the best international teams from the continent and hundreds of thousands of fans. "Euro Cup stadiums, fan zones and unaffiliated entertainment venues broadcasting the tournaments in France and across Europe represent potential targets for terrorists," the State Department said.
The warning was contained in an update to its long-standing warning to US travellers to beware of extremist attacks on transport and public gatherings in Europe.
"We are alerting US citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centres and transportation," it said. "The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events."
The French government has ruled out cancelling the prestigious tournament, which is expected to draw two million fans to cities across the country. Some 90,000 police and security teams are being mobilised to keep fans safe during the month-long soccer tournament.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS