U.S. warns of imminent Moscow attack by 'extremists,' urges citizens to avoid crowds

March 08, 2024

U.S. citizens in Moscow have been warned to avoid large gatherings Friday and Saturday because of heightened fears of a terrorist attack. The U.S. Embassy in the Russian capital said it was "monitoring reports that extremists have imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow, to include concerts, and U.S. citizens should be advised to avoid large gatherings over the next 48 hours." U.S. citizens should avoid crowds, monitor local media for updates and "be aware of your surroundings," it said in a brief online update. The embassy did not elaborate on who or what poses the apparent threat to the Russian capital, or what kind of attack may be imminent. But Russia's FSB security service said Thursday that it had foiled a planned attack by an Afghan offshoot of the Islamic State terrorist group on a synagogue in the Kaluga region, southwest of Moscow.