DEADLY terror attacks in the Europa League final’s host country Azerbaijan are LIKELY, fans have been warned.
At least 70,000 Brits are expected to travel to the capital Baku – which will host the all-English clash between Chelsea and Arsenal later this month.
Reuters The Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the Europa League final clash between Chelsea and Arsenal will take place later this month
Gov.uk The Foreign And Commonwealth Office say terror attacks are ‘likely’ in Azerbaijan, and advise against all travel in the west of the country
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But chilling Government travel advice states that terrorists are “likely” planning to target civilians with “indiscriminate” attacks.
Hotels, pubs and restaurants are high on jihadists’ list of targets, Foreign And Commonwealth Office officials say.
The latest FCO guidance, published earlier this month, reads: “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Azerbaijan.
“Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners, such as international hotels, restaurants and pubs, as well as energy sector facilities.
“You should take sensible precautions.”
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It adds: “There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
“You should be vigilant at this time.”
Meanwhile, tourists are advised against ALL travel in the west of the country due to an ongoing bloody conflict with neighbouring Armenia.
The warnings come as thousands of Brit fans book flights to the former Soviet republic for the Europa League final on May 29.
Chelsea will meet fellow London rivals Arsenal at Baku’s 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium after both teams smashed through their semi-finals last night.
Europa League terror threat: Government warning on terrorism in Azerbaijan in fullTERRORISTS are likely to try to carry out attacks in Azerbaijan.
Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners, such as international hotels, restaurants and pubs, as well as energy sector facilities.
You should take sensible precautions.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
You should be vigilant at this time.
Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.
Source: Foreign And Commonwealth office
PA:Press Association The Olympic Stadium in Baku. Government officials warn that there is a likely risk of terror attacks in Azerbaijan
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And following both teams’ historic comebacks this week, Liverpool will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in Madrid on June 1.
It makes England the first country to have provided all four teams in both European finals in the same season.
Chelsea beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 in a penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge – after a second straight 1-1 draw between the teams in the semifinals.
Eden Hazard converted the winning penalty in what’s thought could be his final appearance at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal’s path to the final was more straightforward – beating Valencia 4-2 thanks to a hat trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to complete a 7-3 win on aggregate.
Liverpool and Spurs reached earlier reached the final of the Champions League by overturning three-goal aggregate deficits against Barcelona and Ajax.
This map reveals the popular destinations that are deemed ‘likely’ targets for terrorists, according to the UK Foreign Office