UK issues new travel alert for the Philippines

October 12, 2006 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

Updated: 11 October 2006

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This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Summary and Terrorism sections (further explosions in Mindanao) and Political Situation section (events likely to cause political unrest). We now advise against all travel to Mindanao.

SUMMARY

  • We advise against all travel to Mindanao. On 10 October 2006, there were two explosions in Mindanao, killing six and wounding 34. On 11 October 2006, there was another explosion in Mindanao, causing no injuries. We believe that terrorists are in the final stages of planning further attacks. We also advise against all travel to the Sulu archipelago including Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Jolo, where there are ongoing military and police operations against insurgent groups.
  • There is a threat of kidnapping throughout the Philippines. We continue to believe that terrorists and criminal elements plan to kidnap foreign tourists from islands and coastal areas in the southern Philippines – ie Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago. Kidnappings from other parts of the Philippines cannot be discounted. Boats travelling to and from offshore islands and dive sites are possible targets.
  • There is a high threat from terrorism throughout the Philippines. We continue to receive reports that terrorist groups are planning further attacks and believe that they have the capacity and the intent to mount indiscriminate attacks at any time and anywhere in the country. These attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets in public places, including those frequented by foreigners.
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