UK warns vs travel to Sulu, Cebu towns due to kidnap threats

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Posted at May 12 2017 10:18 AM | Updated as of May 12 2017 11:31 AM

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The British government on Thursday warned its citizens against travelling to areas around the Sulu archipelago due to "credible information" that the Abu Sayyaf group is planning to stage kidnapping plots.

"The Philippines authorities reported that they had received unsubstantiated but credible information that the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf may be about to conduct kidnaps in the Sulu Sea, including around the islands of the Sulu archipelago and the seas/islands off the east coast of Sabah (Malaysia)," the United Kingdom said in its website.

"Any vessels sailing in the area could be targeted. You should carefully consider travel plans and be especially vigilant at this time," the travel advisory read.

The UK's warning was also placed on the southern Cebu towns of Dalaguete and Badian as terrorists are "very likely to carry out attacks at any time and anywhere in the country."

"Attacks could happen anywhere, including in places visited by foreigners, like airports, shopping malls, public transport and places of worship. You should remain vigilant at all times and report anything suspicious to the local authorities."

Aside from the British government, other western governments including the United States and Canada have advised its respective citizens to avoid traveling to southern parts of the Philippines