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US warns of kidnapping by terrorists in Central Visayas

The US embassy in Manila yesterday warned its citizens against possible kidnappings by terrorist groups in Central Visayas after it received “unsubstantiated yet credible” information. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The US embassy in Manila yesterday warned its citizens against possible kidnappings by terrorist groups in Central Visayas after it received “unsubstantiated yet credible” information.

The embassy advised American nationals to carefully consider information about terrorist groups that may attempt to conduct kidnappings in Central Visayas before making travel plans.

“US citizens are advised to review personal security plans, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and remain vigilant at all times,” the embassy said in an advisory dated April 9.

Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, popular restaurants and mass transport systems where large crowds gather.

US citizens were also reminded of the Worldwide Caution dated March 7, which indicated an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines. 

“US citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines,” the embassy said.                

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