US State Department warns of heightened terror risk in China for Olympics

The US State Department said Friday that terrorists might want to disrupt this summer's Olympic Games in China and warned of a heightened risk of terror attacks there in the coming months. In a travel alert, the department said that despite increased Chinese security measures, Americans who plan to attend the games or who live in China should exercise caution at all times, especially in large crowds. The alert was issued shortly after the international police organization Interpol issued a similar warning, saying that violence surrounding the games which begin in August is a real possibility. Interpol chief Ronald Noble said in a statement Friday that potential attacks could involve efforts to block transportation routes, interfere with competition, assault athletes or destroy property during the Olympics.