WASHINGTON (AP) ? Counterterrorism
officials are tracking threats to the U.S. and Europe from al-Qaida
and affiliated groups during the holiday season, authorities said.
They have not yet seen evidence of specific plots aimed at the U.S.
On Saturday, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a pedestrian street
in Stockholm, Sweden, killing himself and injuring two people. Iraqi
officials say that captured insurgents said this week that the
suicide bombing was part of attacks being planned by al-Qaida against
the U.S. and Europe during the Christmas season. Still, the spate of
attempted attacks against the U.S. in the past year ? particularly
the Nigerian man charged with trying to take down an airplane last
Christmas ? has U.S. officials on high alert. The Homeland Security
Department would not comment on specific intelligence. But the U.S.
government has been warning Americans since October to be vigilant
when they travel to and within Europe because of terror threats
directed at the region. “Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups
continue to seek innovative ways to conduct attacks and circumvent
security procedures, and we remain concerned that the holiday season
provides attractive opportunities for terrorists to target the
homeland,” the intelligence bulletin said.

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