New Delhi, June 16: The US state department has warned Americans that terrorists may target World Cup venues in Russia, which is hosting a month-long soccer tournament. The US has issued a travel advisory on Friday in this regard. The advisory states, “Large-scale international events such as the World Cup present an attractive target for terrorists.”
“Although security for the World Cup will be extensive, terrorists may seek to attack event locations such as stadiums and Fan Fest viewing areas, tourist sites, transportation hubs, and other public venues,” the advisory further stated. However, there is no specific threat mention in the statement.
It is to be noted that this is not the first time the US authorities have issued an advisory. Earlier also they have asked Americans to reconsider their travel plans for Russia.
As per the reports, Jihadis had stated that fans may face a “massacre that has never been seen in history before” at the World Cup. Cybersecurity firm Sixgill, which monitors ISIS activity on the dark web and in encrypted apps, has revealed the threat to Daily Star Online.
A picture was also shared which showed ISIS terrorist standing in a stadium looking over a football pitch. He is wearing camouflage, wearing a hood, cradling a submachine, and carrying an assault rifle.
In view of the threat, staffs are studying CCTV images from more than 700 security cameras and 1,200 cameras have been installed at Kaliningrad Stadium.
The 32-day long tournament kick-started on June 14 and it will host the best 32 teams of the world. On the opening of the world cup 2018 Russia (the host nation) Kick-off against Saudi Arabia on Thursday 14th June. Substitute Denis Cheryshev powered Russia to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia here Thursday in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup, the host nation’s first international victory since Oct. 7. The result was exactly what Russia needed amid concerns they would struggle to get out of the group stage.