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Cyprus joins EU in beefing up security

Police in Cyprus have stepped up security measures at ports and airports after a Brussels alert about a possible new terrorist attack against a European country.

The message was sent to Brussels, through Twitter alerting travellers of a heightened risk of terror attacks in Europe. All European countries were immediately informed. According to some reports, the Tweet originated in Egypt.

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In Cyprus, the police evaluated the situation and increased existing measures. Police Spokesman Andreas Angelides told Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that for precautionary reasons, the force had given instructions for officers to be on increased alert while additional measures have also been put in place in some areas.

The authorities in Cyprus believe the island is not in the list of countries which are classified as High Risk for a possible terrorist attack.

On August 31, the US Department of State alerted US citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout EuropeThis travel alert expires on November 30. 

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