America has warned its citizens of the dangers of travelling to Europe, citing a number of terrorist incidents across the continent.
The alert, issued by the State Department cited terror-related attacks in France, Russia, Sweden, and the UK, and writes they:
Demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.
They go on to warn people that while European governments engage in counter-terrorism operations, “terrorist sympathisers or self-radicalised extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning”.
According to the Global Terrorism Index, the five countries with the highest impact from terrorism are Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria, and they accounted for 72 per cent of all deaths from terrorism in 2015.
The number of people in the EU who died as a result of terror attacks in 2015 is 151. That statistic is likely to have increased as a result of a number of recent terror attacks (cited by State Department).
It is interesting to note however, that in 2016, the US saw 58,525 incidents of gun violence and 15,092 deaths.
More damning still, is that the number of mass shootings in the US rose to 384, up by 66 from 2015.
In this respect, it is unusual for the State Department to issue such a warning to its US citizens, given the statistics which demonstrate the prevailing danger of gun crime on their own doorstep.