Americans warned of kidnapping risk in southern Cebu

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SECURITY WARNING: The United States Embassy has warned that terrorist groups are planning kidnappings on the southern portion of Cebu Island, specifically the areas around Dalaguete and Santander (including Sumilon Island).

The warning states that people should avoid unnecessary travel to these areas, review personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings and monitor local news stations for updates.

Furthermore, the Embassy has reminded US citizens of the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016, which indicated an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines.

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Extremists have targeted sporting events, theatres, markets, mass transportation systems and public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, and popular restaurants have also been targets.

The Embassy also reminded US citizens of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines.

This message was issued on November 3, 2016.

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