U.S. warns its citizens of traveling or staying in Libya currently

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The State Department is warning U.S. citizens against traveling to Libya and recommending that any Americans currently in the country depart immediately as chaos and terror threats worsen in the region.

“The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable, and extremist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests. If in Libya, make contingency emergency plans and maintain security awareness at all times,” the State Department wrote in a travel warning issued Thursday, which supersedes a previous warning issued last September.

The agency cited the high crime rate and the threat of kidnapping in the country and said that extremist groups have solicited attacks against Americans and U.S. interests in Libya.

“Hotels frequented by westerners have been attacked by armed groups and terrorists. Violent extremist activity in Libya remains high. Foreigners may be targeted by violent extremist groups seeking to injure, kidnap or kill anyone associated with the United States,” the department wrote.

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