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US warns citizens vs lone wolf attacks

Pia Lee-Brago - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - US citizens in the Philippines have been warned against lone-wolf terrorist attacks similar to the one in Sydney, Australia last week.

The US embassy advised yesterday Americans to be extra cautious, remain alert to local conditions and look for any sign of danger.

“The lone-wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on Dec. 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that US citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security,” the embassy said.

Last Dec. 19, the US State Department issued a worldwide travel warning. The embassy said the travel alert, an analysis of past attacks and threat reporting, strongly suggests terrorists are targeting not only US government facilities but hotels, shopping areas, places of worship and schools during the holidays.

“US citizens abroad should be mindful that terrorist groups and those inspired by them can pose unpredictable threats in public venues,” the embassy said. “US citizens should remain alert to local conditions and for signs of danger.”

Last Dec. 15, several people were taken hostage at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place.

Two hostages were forced to hold up a black flag bearing Islamic slogans written in Arabic in the store’s window.

Two people died, along with the gunman, after Australian commandos stormed the cafe to end the 16-hour siege.

The Lindt Chocolat Cafe is located in Martin Place, a busy shopping area in Sydney’s financial district.

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