US warns citizens vs terror threats in PH

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Terrorist attacks could be indiscriminate, says the State Department in its advisory to citizens

MANILA, Philippines – The US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has renewed its warning to its citizens about possible terrorist threats in the Philippines.

The advisory comes days after a video of a kidnapped Australian appealing for help was leaked to select groups; it aired in various media outlets on January 5. Australian Warren Richard Rodwell was abducted last Dec. 5, 2011, in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The US and Australia are key security allies in the region.

“While most of the recent incidents of terror have occurred on the island of Mindanao and in the Sulu Archipelago, U.S. citizens are reminded that terrorist attacks could be indiscriminate and could occur in any area of the country, including Manila,” the State Department it said. “Public gathering places may be targeted, including (but not limited to) airports, shopping malls, conference centers and other public venues.”

The warning ordered US government employees to seek authorization from the Embassy to travel to Mindanao or Sulu. –

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