Interpol releases security alert following prison escapes

Interpol General Secretariat headquarters issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its 190 member countries to watch out for terrorist activities.

The global security alert comes after 9 Interpol member countries in the past month, including Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, have had prison escapes of potentially dangerous terrorists. The breakouts are suspected to be linked with Al Qaeda, and Interpol asked its members to help determine if it was coordinated or linked with the terrorist organization.

Interpol also asked its members to follow up on any new information regarding the breakouts and alert the relevant country and Interpol if any escaped terrorist is located.

The U.S. State Department has issued a global travel alert after learning, from credible intelligence, that Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations plan to continue terrorist attacks until August 31, particularly in the Middle East and in North Africa.

August marks the anniversary of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, Gluboky, Russia and Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya. With these anniversaries on hand and the group of recent breakouts, Interpol is asking for any relevant information that could stop a terrorist plot within the coming month.