BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of La.State Police says he's been briefed by the FBI and federal homeland security officials about the global travel alert that was issued by the United States.

Col. Mike Edmonson said Friday that he's been assured there's no indication of any threat to La. He says the state police continue to monitor the situation, and he encouraged people to report suspicious activity to police.

The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close 21 embassies and consulates this weekend in the Muslim world.

The State Department warned American citizens of the potential for terrorism particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.