State Dept. issues travel alert for Sochi ahead of Olympics

By Michelle Kapusta,

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for anyone planning to head to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

According to the Associated Press, the State Department announced Friday that any American traveling to Sochi should be mindful of their personal security at all times due to potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care.

CBS News reported that the travel alert will be in effect until March 24, eight days after the Games will have ended.

Sochi has seen three suicide bombings recently, which may have prompted the department’s alert.

"We've improved our information sharing on counterterrorism and it's important. Securing any Olympics is an enormous task. It's particularly challenging in Sochi because of its proximity to areas of unrest and sources of the terrorist threat. The Russian government understands the threat and is devoting the resources to address it," said FBI Director James Comey.

The Olympics start on Feb. 7 and will attract people from all over the globe, so Russia is putting major security efforts in place. Tens of thousands of Russian police, agents, rescue workers and military will be on hand for the Sochi Games.

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